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American Farmland Trust Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/23/2014: American Farmland Trust

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST

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AKA  AFT
Washington, DC
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American Farmland Trust Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/23/2014: American Farmland Trust

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST

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Also Known As: AFT
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20036 
EIN: 52-1190211
Web URL: www.farmland.org 
Blog URL: blog.farmland.org 
Video URL(s): Help Save Family Farms
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K25 Farmland Preservation
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C34 Land Resources Conservation
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
Ruling Year: 1985 


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Mission Statement

The mission of American Farmland Trust is to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: October 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $10,450,833
Total Expenses $9,103,124

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Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

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Mr. Andrew McElwaine

Leadership Statement:

American Farmland Trust believes in the future of American farms and American farmers. We want to make sure future generations have the fertile land needed to grow food, fiber and renewable energy for America and the world. — Andrew McElwaine President & CEO American Farmland Trust

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Programs

Program: Farmland Protection (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Over three decades, AFT has helped to protect more than five million acres of the nation’s farm and ranch land from development. We work side-by-side with communities to plan for agriculture, fight for state and federal programs and policies that save farmland, and address the most critical issues facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers today.

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Program: Agriculture & Environment (GuideStar Exchange,
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American farmers and ranchers steward some of the most fertile farmland in the world, but they need polices and programs that help them maintain or improve their land’s productivity while providing environmental benefits like clean water and wildlife habitat. AFT’s work helps farmers protect soil health, adapt to a changing climate and remain a source of environmental solutions.

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Program: Keeping Farmers on the Land (GuideStar Exchange,
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AFT is taking the national lead on crafting innovative programs that can keep family farmers on the land—and help them pass their farmland on to the next generation. We’re finding ways to help farmers stay economically viable, supporting next generation farmers, promoting food system planning, and seeking new opportunities to help family farmers thrive.

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Program: Federal Farm Policy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Every five years, the Farm Bill provides a significant opportunity to influence agricultural activity: what is grown, where, when and how, and who benefits from this production. In the 2014 Farm Bill, American Farmland Trust advocated to move U.S. farm policy forward by strengthening policies, programs, and resources to protect farmland as a strategic national resource; promote sound environmental stewardship through advancing adoption of conservation practices; and encourage the development of a more diverse, healthy, and equitable food system consistent with thriving rural and urban communities.

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Program: State Issues and Programs (GuideStar Exchange,
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Our field offices help states and communities pass farmland protection policy initiatives and advance our work on local foods and protecting the environment. AFT empowers local leaders and farmland protection activists throughout the country.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we’re focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes.
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