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Free Range Conversations with American Farmland Trust give you, our valued supporters, the chance to speak directly with AFT experts and have your questions answered live. During these events, we delve into some of the most important issues facing farmers and ranchers today.

Free Range Conversation with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

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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.



October 2021:

Man in the Field

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.