AFT Statement on House Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act
This statement can be attributed to Tim Fink, American Farmland Trust’s policy director
“Enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act comes at a pivotal time for our nation’s farm and food system, and American Farmland Trust (AFT) applauds Congress for including in the bill an historic investment of nearly $20 billion in agricultural conservation. Farmers and ranchers are critical allies in the fight against climate change, but they need tools and resources to protect their land, increase resilience to extreme weather, sequester carbon in the soil, and reduce emissions.
“AFT has long advocated for much-needed increases in conservation funding. As this sweeping legislation heads to the President for his signature, we are eager to continue working with Congress and USDA to implement these investments quickly, equitably, and effectively.”
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.8 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.