Rutgers Collaborates on National Farmland Preservation Conference
Posted: June 17, 2014
The oft seen bumper sticker “No Farmers, No Food,” conveys a clear message about the importance of farmers. But what about the farmland they – and we – depend on? Preserving farmland everywhere provides abundant local food supplies and many public benefits: ecological services, wildlife habitat, land and soil conservation and open space.
Nationwide, 28 states have programs in place, but not all are actively purchasing and preserving land, and other states without programs are only now realizing the need for preservation. And although 2.2 million acres of farmland have been preserved, there are still many challenges for new and continued preservation efforts, from lack of funding to shifting priorities.
That’s why, for the first time in seven years, a two-day national conference was held on May 12-13 in Hershey, PA. Saving America’s Farms and Farmland: Celebrating 40 Years of Farmland Preservation gave state, county, local, non-profit and academic farmland preservation practitioners the chance to share information, experiences and successes; to learn from well-established and well-subscribed programs; and an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.