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California Farmland Conservation: Reality or Wishful Thinking?
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On August 2, 2013, American Farmland Trust (AFT) and the Napa Farm Bureau held a statewide conference in California, titled: “Farmland Conservation: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” The event brought together more than 200 activists, legislators, and representatives from organizations, such as: California Farm Bureau Federation, California Department of Conservation, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, California Rangeland Trust, UC Berkeley, California Climate & Agriculture Network. Presenters, panelists, and attendees spent the day discussing the best ideas and strategies for conserving the farmland on which California and people all over the world depend.

Presentations were so well-received by the standing room only crowd, that we want to make them all available here on our Website. Please find below a description of and links to all of the presentations given at the conference.

If you attended the conference, we’d love to hear what you thought! Here’s a link to a short survey that will allow you to provide us with feedback.

EThompsonpresentationFirst Plenary Session – The Importance of California & What’s Happening to It?


Edward Thompson, Jr, California Director, American Farmland Trust; What is Happening to California Farmland and Why? [Download presentation]


Second Plenary Session – Exemplary Local Farmland Protection Programs & Policies


Karen Gaffney, Sonoma County Open Space District [Download presentation]

Land Use ProtectionVolker Eisele, Napa County Farm Bureau, Land Use Protections in Napa County: Preserving Napa’s history and ag resources for future generations [Download presentation]

Karen Schmidt, Save Our Agricultural Resources, Ventura County, SOAR and Urban Growth Boundaries: Successes of the Last 15 Years, Challenges Ahead [Download presentation]

Jamison Watts, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Agricultural Permanence in the 21st Century [Download presentation]

Debbie Whitmore, City of Turlock, Stanislaus County, Stanislaus County Agricultural Protection and Preservation Policies [Download presentation]

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, Yolo County Farmland Conservation [Download presentation]

Michael Delbar, California Rangeland Trust, California Rangeland Trust: Cowboys and Conservation, the New Frontier [Download presentation]


Third Plenary Session – Exemplary LAFCO Policies and Regional Planning


Rural urbanGreg Gatza, Kings County LAFCO, LAFCO Sphere of Influence Boundary Reductions in Kings County [Download presentation]

Sherwood Darrington, Monterey County LAFCO, LAFCO’s Role in Partnerships to Preserve Monterey County’s Agricultural Lands [Download presentation]

Barbara Steck, Frensno Council of Governments, San Joaquin Valley Blueprint & Greenprint [Download presentation]

David Shabazian, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Rural-Urban Connections Strategy: Enhancing Rural Economic Viability and Environmental Sustainability [Download presentation]

Mark Shorett, Area of Bay Area Governments, One Bay Area Sustainable Communities Strategy, Plan Bay Area: Advancing the San Francisco Bay Area’s Open Space and Agricultural Lands Framework [Download presentation]


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California Office
P.O. Box 73856
Davis, CA 95617

Edward Thompson, Jr.
California State Director
(p) 530-564-4422

Daniel O'Connell
San Joaquin Valley Field Representative
(p) 559-967-1940

Serena Unger
California Policy Consultant
(p) 415-336-2981

Steven Shaffer
California Environmental Consultant
(p) 530-758-6943
American Farmland Trust