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American Farmland Trust Reacts to Failed House Farm Bill


Diane Amdur, Wells Communications, 303-521-3305 damdur@wellscommunications.net


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2013American Farmland Trust (AFT), America’s leading farm and ranch land conservation group, expressed disappointment that the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Federal Agriculture, Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.         

AFT President Jon Scholl said, "We commend Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson on their hard work to pass a comprehensive five-year farm bill. It is unfortunate that the House of Representatives fell short of the votes needed to pass the bill to move forward to a conference with the Senate.  American Farmland Trust remains committed to passing a comprehensive five-year farm bill that provides a strong farm and natural resource safety net, including re-linking conservation compliance to crop insurance premium assistance that reinvests in farmland conservation programs and that strengthens access to local, healthy food choices.”





American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.

AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.

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