American Farmland Trust Holds First National Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference


| 2/14/2014 10:24:00 AM


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American Farmland Trust (AFT) announced the Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference will be held in Lexington, Ky. on Oct. 20-22.  The conference will bring together leading experts from around the country for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy.  It will showcase and encourage best practices and inspire efforts to protect farmland and the environment, support the next generation of farmers and women in agriculture, encourage job creation and create new opportunities in local and regional food systems.

“This is the first time a national conference will bring together these diverse interests to comprehensively address the 21st century challenges of agriculture,” said Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. “The Conference will encourage greater understanding and collaboration to support agricultural viability and vibrant community food systems.

“Nationally, we have been losing one acre of farmland every minute to other uses.  Globally, we need to double food production by 2050,” said McElwaine.  “With some of the most productive farmland in the world, the United States must be part of the solution to hunger here at home and around the world, and to do that, we must find creative ways to protect farmland and the farmers who sustain us.

“I want to thank Agriculture Commissioner James Comer for his support and his partners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for their innovation in adopting effective strategies for protecting farmland, connecting farmers with consumers, and launching programs like Homegrown by Heroes,” said McElwaine. “I also want to thank American Farmland Trust Board member Libby Jones and former Gov. Brereton Jones for helping us plan this first-of-its-kind national gathering.”

“We are thrilled that American Farmland Trust has chosen Kentucky as the site of this national conference,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “The leaders and experts at this conference will take on some of the defining issues of the 21st century — food production, food safety, hunger, and balancing the need to protect the environment with the need to provide a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply to a growing global population. As a state with a rich agricultural heritage and a diverse agricultural industry, Kentucky will lead the way in meeting these challenges.”




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