John Piotti, president and CEO, American Farmland Trust: Statement on Resignation of Chief Lohr
“AFT thanks Matthew Lohr for his service to America’s farmers and ranchers. As chief of NRCS, he has capably stewarded the agency through the implementation of a new Farm Bill and through challenges such as the government shutdown and the COVID-19 crisis. He did this all while prioritizing customer service in the Agency. And, as a farmer with firsthand experience with agricultural conservation easements on his own farm, he was a champion for agricultural land protection. We appreciate his service and wish him well as he returns to his first passion, working on his family’s century farm in Virginia.”
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 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and supported thousands of farm families.