You have the power to help save our farms and farmland. You can directly support Illinois farmers and farmers markets by taking these simple actions.
|Photo: Burlington County Farmland Protection Program
Burlington County has one of the state’s strongest agricultural economies—ranking first in number of farms over 1,000 acres—along with a nationally recognized farmland preservation program. Yet, this historic county's farms continue to be threatened by competing residential and commercial development. We're helping the county turn the challenges of high land values and conflicts at the urban-rural interface into opportunities for direct marketing, value-added products and a vibrant local food and farming system by:
- Identifying municipal barriers that hinder local farmers' ability to connect directly with local consumers
- Creating model ordinances that support a local food system and protects farmers from rural-urban conflicts
- Researching ways to increase low income populations access to local food at programs at farmers markets.
In collaborating with farmers, environmentalists, and policy makers, our Agriculture and Environment program protects water quality and reduces climate change while improving the economic viability of farming.
- Take action to support the BMP Challenge and help farmers decrease nitrogen applications and reduce fertilizer contamination of local watersheds.
- Send an AFT eCard and inspire family and friends to protect the environment.
keeping farmers on the land: improving access for family farmers to land and markets
American Farmland Trust (AFT) is working with farmers, planners and policy makers to ensure a regionally diverse structure for agriculture and more favorable economic conditions to keep farmers and ranchers on the land. Since most land use decisions are local, we work to create farm-friendly communities, demonstrate model approaches, educate partners and enact policies at all levels of government to support family farmers and keep land available and affordable for farming.
Mid-Atlantic Field Office
Mid-Atlantic States Director
1150 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
(p) 202-378-1235 (f)
To learn more about agriculture in your state, visit the New Jersey state profile page at the Farmland Information Center.