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American Farmland Trust's February Farm Fresh News
In this month's Farm Fresh News learn about your food print and what the world eats in a week. Take a minute to share the love this Valentine's Day —of farms and ranches that is —and encourage your local officials to protect farms and ranches with our Valentine's E-Card.

Montana Cattle Ranch Cutting-edge Cowboys

Today, cowboys must know more than lassoing cattle to run the ranch: they might also need an MBA! Texas A&M and the famous King Ranch are offering that degree—with courses from animal nutrition and wildlife management to raising pasture-fed beef and land conservation. And the Texas Ag Land Trust, newly formed with support from AFT, will help ensure that plenty of ranch land is available when these cutting-edge cowboys are ready to run the spread.


Bag of Groceries What's Your Food Print?

Just as it's becoming easier to make food decisions around fresh, healthy and local—a new consideration has cropped up—the impact of food choices on the amount of land needed to produce it. Is munching lower-fat, primarily vegetarian meals best for our farmland and farms? What about grass-fed dairy cows and free-range chicken? Turns out the answer might not be what you might think according to recent "food print" research.

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California Broccoli Field

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Flower bunch Top Three Ways to Love Farms this Valentine's Day

Share the Love
with an E-Card

Heart in the Clouds Tell your local government official why you love having farms and ranches in your community. Send them a Valentine's E-Card and ask them to support agriculture programs and farmland protection in your town.

What is eaten in one week around the world
2005 Peter
Menzel from
'Hungry Planet:
What the World Eats'

Farms Feed a Hungry Planet

What does the world eat in a week? That's a question posed in a photographic study of 30 families in 24 countries—from a family in Sudan with five children that lives on $1.44 a week to a German family of four that spends $494.19 a week on food. But regardless of the many differences in diets around the globe, one thing is certain: farms feed us all.

Black bean salsaHome-on-the-Range Recipe

In the mood for some all-American grub? Try this recipe for Black Boot Salsa from the Northarvest Bean Growers Association while you listen to veterinarian and cowboy-poet Baxter Black on NPR.

Black Boot Salsa


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup sweet red or green pepper, diced
  • 6 green onions, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste


  1. Combine lemon, oil, sugar, and salt in a bowl with a cover. Stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  3. Add hot pepper sauce by the drop until the right amount of heat is achieved.
  4. Refrigerate, covered for several hours before serving.
  5. Serve with salt-free baked chips or pieces of fresh vegetables cut into scoop shapes, or as a marinated salad.

Yield: 1/2 cup serving


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