American Farmland Trust (AFT) saves the land that sustains us, by protecting farmland, promoting environmentally-sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. AFT is active on the ground in America’s most threatened agricultural places. AFT is the only national group dedicated to this purpose. AFT uses its breadth of expertise and experience to work with farmers and ranchers to find innovative and effective solutions to the most pressing issues they face. AFT works on a national, state and local level to ensure that there will always be farmland to grow healthy food, and to ensure that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to do what’s best for the environment, and to help rural communities and economies thrive.
AFT is a non-partisan voice representing and aiding American farms of all types and sizes. AFT has an unrivaled reputation as an honest broker, working with farmers and ranchers to forge common-sense solutions that benefit both agriculture and the environment. We have developed a wide range of strategic partnerships—with farmers and ranchers, policy makers, land trusts, universities, various food businesses and consumers. As such, AFT is uniquely positioned to provide a nexus between non-traditional partners and galvanize them into a national, unified voice for farmers and ranchers.
AFT is the largest and only national conservation group dedicated to protecting the nation's farmland. Over 35 years, we have helped to protect more than five million acres by fighting for state and federal programs and policies that save farmland, educating communities about the problem and helping them address it.
American farmers steward some of the most fertile farmland in the world, but they need policies and programs that help them provide environmental benefits like clean water, healthy soils and wildlife habitat. AFT is the one group that brings together environmental groups with farmers and ranchers to solve the nation's conservation challenges, from soil erosion to climate change. We work with farmers to adopt proven conservation practices like cover crops, shape conservation programs in the federal farm bill, develop innovative new programs to support conservation, and are reaching out to the growing demographic of conservation-minded women landowners.
It's not enough to save the land. The nation's family farmers are the repositories of vital information handed down over generations. AFT is a trusted advocate for programs and policies that help farmers stay viable and keep their land in farming. We are taking the national lead on crafting innovative programs that can keep farmers on the land--and help them pass their farmland on to the next generation. We are finding ways to help farmers stay economically viable, supporting next generation farmers, promoting food system planning, and seeking new opportunities to help family farmers thrive. AFT's national office is in Washington, D.C. with a network of field offices across America where farmland is most threatened by development to save both acres of farmland and inches of precious topsoil.