Free Range Conversation with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
On April 14, 2021, American Farmland Trust President and CEO John Piotti and special guest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the benefits for farmers and ranchers provided by the American Rescue Plan. They also looked ahead to where the Department of Agriculture is headed, with a focus on regenerative practices and the importance of agriculture in the fight against climate change, the need to recruit a diverse next generation of farmers, and farmland protection.
Free Range Conversations Film Series
Free food and farming film screenings in 2021
Join us for FREE screenings of films about farmers and food. Each film will be followed by a Q&A session with AFT experts and people associated with the film’s creation and topic.
April 11, 2021: The Biggest Little Farm
Followed by Q&A with John Chester, the farmer and filmmaker, moderated by Kara Heckert, AFT’s California Regional Director. We’ll learn what’s been happening on the farm since the film came out!
June 2021: Gather
Followed by a discussion on BIPOC farming issues, including panelists from partner organizations working with indigenous communities.
Sunday, August 22, 2021 1:30 pm PST/4:30 pm EST: Food Chains
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal.
Followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker.
December 2021: Cowboys
Followed by a Q&A with the producers, two of whom are working cowboys themselves.
AFT and MANRRS talks about their new partnership and creating pathways in regenerative ag for minority students & professionals.
AFT's federal policy team talks about what to expect from the Biden administration and new Congress.
AFT's Women for the Land team members Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally and Caitlin Joseph talk about land, power, inclusion, resilience, and what's next for women in agriculture.
AFT's president John Piotti discusses the challenges facing producers in the U.S. and how AFT is responding to them.