The American Farmland Trust (AFT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save farmland, promote local food systems, and protect the environment. The website also provides advocacy information for protecting agricultural lands and promoting local foods through their “No Farms No Food” program.
The Farmland Information Center, a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust, provides information (including fact sheets, legislation, statistics, and news) about farmland protection, preservation and stewardship. They also provide sample documents for model conservation easements of agricultural land.
The National Resources Inventory is a statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions on non-federal croplands and grazing lands. This website provides access to primary data sources looking at issues such as land development, land use, soil erosion, and water quality.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “works [at a local level] with landowners through conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals for productive lands and healthy ecosystems.” Their website is a gateway to numerous technical resources, with topics covering conservation practices related to Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) and Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), energy resources, plant materials, and air quality.
The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that seeks to conserve parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places to ensure access for generations to come, including working to protect farms, ranches and forests from development. Their website provides information about current projects, as well as numerous publications and the LandVote database, which provides state-level statistics of public funds raised in support of land conservation.