American Farmland Trust on Biden Administration
With a new administration in Washington DC, changes are coming to Colorado farms and ranches.
There appears to be optimism among some nationwide agriculture organizations.
American Farmland Trust which advocates for preserving farmland across the country released a statement by its president saying it welcomes the Biden inauguration with great enthusiasm. AFT President John Piotti’s statement adds quote, “ We look forward to working with President Biden and his team to positively impact farmers and ranchers of all sizes and across diverse communities; to protect and steward one of this nation’s most important natural resources, its farmland, and ranchland.”
Jerry Cosgrove is the group’s Farm Legacy Director, says they are looking forward to expanding federal aid to support farmland preservation under the new administration.
Cosgrove:” Whether it’s the purchase of agricultural easement programs, purchase of development rights programs, these programs provide an important opportunity for farmers and farms to get compensated. We hope eventually we’ll have programs across the country. We do now have federal funding; the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program and the Agricultural Land Easement Program, we do now have federal funding. “
Colorado Open Lands is one non-profit land conservation organization in Lakewood. It works with private landowners to place voluntary conservation easements on their property.