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American Farmland Trust Calls Extension of Old Farm Bill A Missed Opportunity
Washington, D.C.-American Farmland Trust (AFT) President Jon Scholl called Congress’s decision today to extend the current farm bill, rather than proceed with a comprehensive five-year farm bill, a missed opportunity that leaves U.S. farmers less secure and puts important programs that conserve soil and improve water quality in limbo.


American Farmland Trust Says Drought Makes Passage of a New Farm Bill Critical
Washington, D.C.— At today’s “Farm Bill Now” rally in Washington, D.C., American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl said passage of a new, comprehensive, five-year new farm bill before the current bill expires on Sept. 30 is imperative because farmers and ranchers rely on farm bill conservation programs to be good stewards of our natural resources and the environment.


American Farmland Trust Opposes One-Year Farm Bill Extension
Washington, D.C. —American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl spoke out today in opposition of a one-year extension of the current farm bill and urged that a five-year farm bill be passed this year. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Administration has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to consider a rule for the floor consideration of a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill.


Agriculture Policy Leaders Make a Case for Preservation of Soil and Wetlands via Conservation Compliance
Washington, D.C. —Three U.S. agriculture leaders held a briefing for Congress on Capitol Hill today to support attaching conservation compliance to crop and income insurance in the farm bill—a measure that would save taxpayer money, protect against soil erosion and conserve natural resources.


American Farmland Trust Urges Speedy Completion of Farm Bill, Welcomes Streamlined Process for Agricultural Land Easements
Washington, D.C.—American Farmland Trust (AFT) welcomed the House Agriculture Committee 2012 farm bill mark-up that was convened this morning and congratulates Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) for their progress in crafting a farm bill.


American Farmland Trust Applauds Senate Passage of a 2012 Farm Bill
Washington, D.C.— American Farmland Trust (AFT) today hailed the passage of the Senate farm bill, and urged Congress to retain funding for conservation as the legislation moves through the House of Representatives.  The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill by a bipartisan vote of 64 to 35.


American Farmland Trust Disappointed in Agriculture Appropriations Bill Reported by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture
Washington, D.C.— American Farmland Trust (AFT) expressed its disappointment in the agriculture appropriations bill reported by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture on June 6, 2012.  The appropriations panel cleared, by a voice vote, the fiscal year 2013 spending bill, which cuts NRCS Farm Bill conservation spending by more than $700 million on the fiscal year, or approximately 20 percent.


American Farmland Trust Applauds the Senate Majority Leader Reid for Scheduling the 2012 Farm Bill for Debate
Washington, D.C.—American Farmland Trust (AFT) commends Senate Majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada for bringing the 2012 farm bill before the full Senate.  “We look forward to working with Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell to move this farm bill forward.  We hope the leadership’s engagement will build on the strong bipartisan effort begun by Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts, who have worked tirelessly to bring this bill to the floor,” said Scholl.  AFT has frequently urged Congress to address crucial conservation and farm production issues this year rather than delay the legislation any further


American Farmland Trust Backs Timely Draft of 2012 Farm Bill
Washington, D.C.— American Farmland Trust (AFT) welcomed the 2012 farm bill draft unveiled late last week by the Senate Agriculture Committee. AFT President Jon Scholl commended Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, the committee’s Ranking Minority Member, for their efforts to move the farm bill forward.


American Farmland Trust Urges Congress to Consider Environmental and Conservation Impacts of New Farm Bill; Calls for Conservation Compliance for Crop Insurance Eligibility
Washington, D.C. American Farmland Trust (AFT) today urged Congress to consider the environmental impacts of farm safety-net reform and reiterated key AFT policy positions in support of a strong and equitable farm support system.  The group’s comments came in response to today’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Risk Management and Commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill.”    Today’s hearing underscored the consensus that crop insurance is positioned to become the primary risk management tool for farmers, while reform of other farm programs is still evolving.


Small Investment Reaps Great Rewards for All of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.— American Farmland Trust (AFT) concurs with Secretary Tom Vilsack’s comments at Wednesday’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing that there is a role for Farm Bill programs to support the fast-growing local and regional food production sector with market creation and infrastructure development in order to promote opportunities for people to enter agriculture.


Conservation Compliance: A Key Part of Incentive-Based Conservation
Washington, D.C.“I appreciate Secretary Vilsack’s support of conservation incentives, but I believe that he has created a false choice between incentive-driven conservation and conservation compliance,” said Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT).  “Conservation compliance is nothing more than an incentive for farmers with highly sensitive lands to follow a few basic conservation practices. When I talk to farmers, they recognize that conservation compliance is crucial for the long-term health of our soil.”


You Can’t Go Wrong with Conservation
Washington, D.C.—“Today’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing confirmed something America’s farmers have known for a long time: you can’t go wrong with conservation programs,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “The panelists gave a strong defense of the conservation programs that we have in place today and also provided thoughtful suggestions for how to make the programs even more efficient, effective and focused in the future.”


More than 640 Organizations Stand Strong for Conservation Title in 2012 Farm Bill
Washington, D.C.—“I am proud to stand with conservationists from all 50 states as we call for a strong Conservation Title in the 2012 Farm Bill,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “We must have the most robust conservation spending possible to give farmers the programs they need to protect our farm and ranch land and to help keep our soils, water and other natural resources in the best condition possible.”


U.S. Agriculture Needs  Farm Bill Now
Washington, D.C.—“We must work to pass a farm bill in 2012 because our nation’s farmers and ranchers deserve a measure of certainty. Farmers require a safety net that works effectively, and they need access to tools that help them be good stewards of our natural resources,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “Those people less fortunate during these economic times deserve a helping hand so they don’t go hungry, while our nation as a whole needs the security which effective food policies and programs can bring.”


Ten Farm Safety Net Proposals Side by Side—American Farmland Trust Releases Assessment
Washington, D.C.
—“Amidst the Super Committee’s work to create a deficit reduction plan, many organizations have proposed alternatives to the current Title I farm safety net programs,” says Jon Scholl, American Farmland Trust (AFT). “The result has been an alphabet soup of 10 proposals. The details of any one program can create confusion even for those most versed in farm policy, so we commissioned a side by side analysis to help inform the farm bill debate.”


Lugar-Stutzman Bill Right on the Safety Net, Wrong on Conservation
Washington, D.C.
“The REFRESH Act introduced by Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) includes good ideas for the agricultural safety net, but takes conservation policy in the wrong direction,” said Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust.


Agriculture and Conservation Leaders Provide Guidance to Budget and Policymakers
, D.C.“The most important resources for a functioning society are soil quality and the production capacity inherent in the land,” says Julia Freedgood, Managing Director of Farmland Protection and Agricultural Viability Initiatives at American Farmland Trust (AFT). “We need new ideas and solutions to meet the economic and environmental challenges that will shape the future of America’s agricultural landscape and rural regions in the 21st century.”


American Farmland Trust’s Statement on the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management Legislation
Washington, D.C.
—Senators Brown (D-OH), Thune (R-SD), Durbin (D-IL), and Lugar (R-IN) proposed the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) legislation, S. 1626, that would seek to reform the commodity support programs that are part of the farm safety net.


Deficit Reduction Plan Creates Opportunity for Significant Changes to Future of Farms, Farmland and Food —But Don’t Push Farm Bill Through in 10 Weeks!
Washington, D.C.
“The various budget deficit talks that have gripped the attention of Washington these past months have finally resulted in a plan to reduce our nation’s deficit,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “While we are thankful that this crisis has been dealt with, we also know that the plan will have serious implications for the future of U.S. agriculture and its ability to provide food, fiber, fuel and stewardship of our natural resources.”


AFT Says: Conservation and Farmland Protection at a Crossroads
Washington, DC
“In the years to come, we’re asking U.S. farmers to take on a double-challenge,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT). “First, we’re asking them to provide enough food, fiber and biofuel to meet the needs of nine billion people by 2050, and at the same time, asking them to do that under more environmental and land resource pressure.”

Audio Files

ACRE: With a Few Changes, Can Be Answer to Safety Net
Change to U.S. farm policy is inevitable, a change that will provide an opportunity to have a farm safety net that meets the needs of agriculture. Carl Zulauf, an Agricultural Economist at Ohio State University, discusses what a good safety net might include.

Forces Shaping the 2012 Farm Bill and characteristics of a good safety net

Systemic Risk and the Role of Crop Insurance in Risk Management

ACRE and Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Agriculture

ACRE Can Be the Answer to Farm Sector’s Safety Net Needs

New Vision for Safety Net Can Answer Critics, Budget Problems

Agenda 2013 Priorities

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    We need to basically bring ourselves together, converge our thoughts, our minds, our resources, in terms of where we want to be with agriculture in this country utilizing the tools that a federal government might bring together — to start really very seriously preparing ourselves for an exciting process that is ultimately a plan for the agricultural future of this country. — AG Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of Solutions From the Land