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Farmland as essential infrastructure

American Farmland Trust

While most Americans view infrastructure as roads and bridges, schools and broadband, there is a deeper and more basic infrastructure on which we all depend: The farmland that literally sustains us.

The definition of infrastructure — “fundamental facilities and systems serving society” — perfectly fits agriculture. And, what’s more fundamental than the land that grows our food? Yet America’s farmland is disappearing at an alarming rate of 1.5 million acres a year.

As with roads and bridges, we know we must invest. The next Farm Bill must secure full funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) that reduces farmland loss.

John Piotti, President, American Farmland Trust

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elsie sheely March 20, 2018 - 12:30 pm

Farmers are the lifeblood of our nation. Pls support legislation that protects, sustains the family farms.

Albert Green March 20, 2018 - 6:14 pm

There needs to be a part of the farmland trust to have lawyers versed in what laws can be used to prevent coal companies and others from taking family farms or at least a list for each state that owners of farms can contact for advice. Alot of farm owners just do not have the means to fight them in court.

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