Over the past 50 years, the American land trust community has demonstrated great success in protecting farmland from development. Today, this community holds the key to ensuring that farm families have access to affordable farmland near urban markets through innovative conservation easements. These conservation easements keep farmland owned by farmers and in agricultural production.
This report by the National Young Farmers Coalition calls on land trusts and public and private funders to adopt and incentivize new conservation easements that keep land affordable for working farmers, thereby strengthening our national food security and addressing the immediate needs of new farmers.
Source: National Young Farmers Coalition