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>Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 17:29:47 -0400
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>NATIONAL
>CONFERENCE

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>American Farmland Trust's National Conference
>hosted by Kane County, Illinois
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>November 12-14, 2001

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> <http://www.farmland.org/events/conference_overview.htm> Overview <http://www.farmland.org/events/conference_program.htm> Program <http://www.farmland.org/events/conference_speakers.htm> Speakers and Sponsors <http://www.farmland.org/events/conference_details.htm> Details and Registration

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>Farming on the Edge
>Conservation, Community & Commerce

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> Featured speakers:
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>Paul Farmer, Executive Director, American Planning Association
>Javier Gonzales, President, National Association of Counties
>Ralph Grossi, President, American Farmland Trust
>J. Dennis Hastert, U.S. House of Representatives*
>Fred Kirschenmann, North Dakota farmer and Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable
>Agriculture
>Will Rogers, President, Trust for Public Land
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>* Invited

>at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois

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>Washington, D.C. 20036
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><http://www.farmland.org> PRESS RELEASE
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>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
><mailto:rmiller@farmland.org>Robyn Miller: (202) 331-7300 ext. 3055
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>CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON CONNECTING FARMS AND CITIES
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>WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2001 When farmers see the rooftops of suburbia over the hill from their farm, it usually means the beginning of the end of their farming operations. Urban pressures such as traffic, high land costs and potential conflict with urban residents make it hard to continue farming on the edge of a city.
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>But are suburbanites a threat to agriculture, or potential customers and supporters of urban-edge farmers? Are the amenities that urban-edge farms offer-open space, fresh food and wildlife habitat-worth protecting? Should local governments consciously plan for agriculture at the urban edge?
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>These questions are at the heart of a three-day conference sponsored by American Farmland Trust. Farming on the Edge: Conservation, Community and Commerce, to be held November 12-14 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, will offer insights, inspiration, proven techniques and successful strategies to save land, stop sprawl and strengthen agriculture. Policymakers, planners, farmers, ranchers, conservationists and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.
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>"We need to integrate agriculture into our increasingly urban society," said Julia Freedgood, director of AFT's Farmland Advisory Services. "The way to do this is through land use policies that not only protect urban-edge agriculture, but that revitalize cities as well. If we do it right, we can create both an environment that supports a rural culture and a city that offers opportunity-both will flourish."
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>The conference will feature elected officials and prominent leaders in smart growth and agriculture. Invited keynoters include Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; American Planning Association Executive Director Paul Farmer; Maryland Governor Parris Glendening; Javier Gonzales, president of National Association of Counties; American Farmland Trust President Ralph Grossi; Congressman Dennis Hastert; Fred Kirschenmann, North Dakota farmer and director of the Aldo Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; and Trust for Public Land President Will Rogers.
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>The carefully chosen location of the conference, in Kane County, Illinois, underscores the nationwide scope of the problem of farmland loss. Located 40 miles west of Chicago, Kane County is meeting the challenges of rapid urban growth with several innovative land use strategies. Agriculture is a vital part of the county's future, as Kane County officials recently affirmed by creating the first farmland protection program in Illinois.
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>"Sprawl is no longer just a coastal phenomenon to which the Midwest is immune," explained Ed Minihan, AFT's Upper Midwest director. "Parts of the Midwest, including the outskirts of Chicago, comprise the third most threatened farming region in the United States."
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>Conference sponsors include the American Planning Association; Campaign for Sensible Growth; Environmental Protection Agency; Illinois Farm Bureau; The Izaak Walton League of America; National Association of Counties; National Center for Small Communities; National Governors Association Center for Best Practices; The Nature Conservancy, Illinois chapter; Openlands Project; C. William Swank Program for Rural-Urban Policy, Ohio State University; Trust for Public Land; University of Illinois Extension; US Conference of Mayors; USDA Forest Service; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy.
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>Limited space is still available to exhibit at the conference. To request registration materials or for more information, contact Doris Mittasch at 413-586-9330 or <mailto:dmittasch@farmland.org>dmittasch@farmland.org or visit American Farmland Trust's Web site at <http://www.farmland.org>www.farmland.org.
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>American Farmland Trust is a private, nonprofit farmland conservation organization founded in 1980 to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Its action-oriented programs include public education, technical assistance in policy development and demonstration farmland protection projects. For more information, visit AFT's home page at <http://www.farmland.org>www.farmland.org.

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Liz Brater
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