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American Farmland Trust’s Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference

Lexington, KY

The conference offers four tracks of workshop sessions on cross-cutting themes. Sessions in the farmland protection track will address impacts of the new Farm Bill on conservation and farmland protection, showcase exemplary community planning, explore effective policies to reduce conversion of arable land, answer “what makes an easement farm-friendly?”, highlight model Purchase of Agricultural Easement programs, introduce promising policy innovations and provide guidance to land trusts who actively want to conserve land for farming and ranching.

Come learn from the experts and meet local and national thought leaders of model programs including:

  • Anne Bradley, Land Preservation Program Coordinator, Frederick Co., Maryland
  • Brian Bourdages, Farmland Program Manager, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Michigan
  • Katherine Daniels, Farm and Forest Lands Specialist, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
  • Nancy Everhart, Agricultural Specialist, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Jerome Faulkner, National Easement Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Krista Magaw, Executive Director, Tecumseh Land Trust, Ohio 
  • Rick Pruetz, editor of SmartPreservation
  • Austin Short, Delaware Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
  • Jeremy Stone, National Program Manager, ACEP-ALE, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Knox van Nagell, Executive Director, Fayette Alliance, Kentucky
  • Mackenzie Royce, Executive Director, Bluegrass Conservancy, Kentucky
  • Doug Wolfgang, Director, Bureau of Farmland Preservation, Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture 
  • American Farmland Trust’s policy and program staff

For more information about the program, bus tours, Kentucky Proud reception and Farm Fresh banquet, visit