American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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The Midwest Farmland Protection Manager reflects AFT’s commitment to expanding farmland protection efforts across the Midwest—a region that showed significant agricultural land loss in AFT’s “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States” report.
The ideal candidate will be able to excite and engage partners in the Midwest around diverse farmland protection strategies and build the capacity of agricultural land protection practitioners, policymakers and planners in the region through training, technical assistance and peer networking. The ideal candidate will also have the skills to identify and facilitate innovative land protection projects in select circumstances.
We seek a person with a passion for and direct experience in agricultural land protection including agricultural conservation easement projects, local and state farmland protection policies, land use planning, farm transfer and estate planning and other strategies for permanently protecting or reducing the conversion of farmland. S/he should have strong communications and project management skills, and expertise in engaging the diversity of stakeholders needed to grow the farmland protection movement in the Midwest—from farmers and landowners, to agricultural and conservation organizations, to legislators and state and federal agency partners. Demonstrated ability to coordinate, build and support partner networks and deliver impactful training programs is essential.
The Midwest Farmland Protection Manager will report to the Midwest Regional Director and will work closely with AFT staff in Land Protection Projects, the Midwest Regional Program, Farm Legacy, the National Ag Land Network (NALN) and the Farmland Information Center (FIC). The position is full time and will be based remotely in Wisconsin. Some regional travel is required.
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