Planning for Agriculture
How Farm Friendly is your community?
Community support for farms is vital to their success. Use the Community Farm Friendly checklist to gauge local support for agriculture in your community. Learn more about planning for agriculture through our resources, example plans and guides, and presentations below.View the checklist
AFT Plans For Agriculture
AFT has a long history of partnership projects for research and community engagement. Based on extensive on-the-ground experience, we helped create how-to guides, web resources and other educational materials. We share lessons learned through trainings, workshops and forums, and advocate for policies to support farms, farmers and farmland. Learn more about our recent partnership projects below.
Pathways to Prosperity:
Applied research and extension project that works to understand and support the development of community-driven approaches to developing healthy and sustainable rural economies. Focused on how communities can collaboratively develop local food processing facilities, branding and marketing campaigns, and other value-added agriculture strategies aimed at improving the profitability and economic viability of local farms and ranches.
Growing Food Connections
The foundation for Pathways to Prosperity, Growing Food Connections is a collaboration to develop the educational framework for the next generation of food system planners.
AFT Completed Plans for Agriculture
View a Sample of AFT's Completed Plans
View a few samples of local, state, and regional plans AFT was proud to play a role in developing.
American Farmland Trust (AFT) believes that working farms and farmland are as important to communities as other land uses so we must plan to ensure their future. Planning for agriculture creates a framework to protect and retain agricultural land, promote sound environmental stewardship of agricultural land, and sustain agricultural viability for current and future generations.
AFT has worked across the country to help communities realize their goals and give farmers a voice in planning processes. In more than 50 plans across the country, we have helped states and communities create the vision, road map, policies and public investments needed to respond to market demands, support resilient food systems, balance the needs for renewable energy, and attract a diverse new generation of sustainable farmers and ranchers.
Planning for Agriculture Resources
Planning is a dynamic, stakeholder-driven, multi-step process. Whether it results in a state or regional plan, a local master or comprehensive plan, or a stand-alone plan for agriculture, it is not an end in itself. In other words, planning requires resources. We have compiled some of our favorite resources and tools to help communities plan for agriculture.Find Resources
Click the links below to view online presentations.
View recent presentations from AFT staff, on different aspects of planning for ag. Learn more about our ground-breaking findings in the recent publication Farms Under Threat: The State of the States, where we identify and map Low Density Residential land use- which compromises ag viability. Additionally we analyze policy tools that states have for protecting farmland and highlight promising approaches.