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"Most farmers and ranchers truly want to be good stewards. It is a challenge to do so when there are policies that limit conservation funding yet support prices for crops in surplus. We need a farm policy that encourages everyone in agriculture to be excellent stewards of their land.”
 
-Steve Sinton
California rancher
 

 
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As a key component of our strategy to bring various segments and leaders of agriculture into the discussion about future farm policy, AFT held meetings with over 400 farmers, ranchers, agricultural leaders and policy experts from throughout the United States to gather insights and ideas on farm policy change. These ideas were used to develop AFT's Agenda 2007: A New Framework and Direction for U.S. Farm Policy [PDF].

The workshops have been collected in one publication "U.S. Agricultural Policy and the 2007 Farm Bill: Promoting the Economic Resilience and Conserving the Ecological Integrity of American Farmlands" [PDF].

 
national forum on U.S. Agricultural policy
February, March & September 2006
National Forum on U.S. Agricultural Policy Overview
AFT—in conjunction with Stanford University, Yale University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—convened a series of three workshops with national and international farm policy experts and leaders.
 
washington state visions of the federal farm bill conference
April 20, 2006
Proceedings from the Washington State Conference PDF
 
new markets forum
November 17, 2005
Proceedings from the New Markets Forum PDF
 
southern seaboard agriculture forum
June 24, 2005
Proceedings from the Southern Seaboard Forum PDF
 
black farmer roundtable
June 16, 2005
Proceedings from the Black Farmer Roundtable PDF
 
mid-atlantic farm policy leadership forum
June 9, 2005
Proceedings from the Mid-Atlantic Forum PDF
 
California Agriculture leadership forum
May 13, 2005
Proceedings from the California Forum PDF
 
fruitful rim agriculture forum
April 29, 2005
Proceedings from the Fruitful Rim Forum PDF
 
Western Ranchers leadership summit
March 30, 2005
Proceedings from the Rancher Summit PDF
 
northern crescent research group summit
March 29, 2005
Proceedings from the Northern Crescent Summit PDF
 
Northeast farm bill discussion group
March 25, 2005
Proceedings from the Northeast Farm Bill Discussion Group PDF
 
heartland forum
February 24, 2005
Proceedings from the Heartland Forum PDF

 

 
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