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Reforming the 2014 Farm Bill: Farm Policy for the 21st Century
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Protecting Farmland


Agricultural Conservation Easement Program


“We have a fragile system of production in this country. Like the bumper sticker says - No Farms, No Food - is real.” Congressman Joe Courtney, D-C.T.


American Farmland Trust was pivotal in redesigning farmland conservation programs to combine different land-uses into a single, new program. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorizes $2 billion for conservation easements through the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Building on the success of the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP), the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), ACEP consolidates these easement programs into one program for continued protection of our nation’s productive farmlands, our pristine grasslands and our valuable wetlands.

American Farmland Trust was also successful in advocating for reinforced language for eligible state and local entities to become certified under ACEP to enter into long-term agreements with the USDA to reduce administrative red tape and to facilitate farmland protection at the state and local level.

With farmland conservation funding secured in the Farm Bill, American Farmland Trust is making sure our nation’s farms and ranches are protected for generations to come.




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