Shaping the Farm Bill to Better Serve Agriculture, Urban Communities and Smart Growth

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- The 2007 federal Farm Bill provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fundamentally change U.S. agricultural policy so that it better serves farmers, consumers and those who care about the use of land. In particular, it could strengthen the ability of agriculture to withstand the pressures of urban sprawl and to improve environmental quality near populated areas, contributing to more livable cities.

In short, it could improve the chances of achieving smart growth. Learn from the leading specialty crop (fruit, vegetables and nuts) association and a leading environmental group will explain the key issues and answer questions about how smart growth advocates can be more involved in farm policy reform. The moderator is a veteran of five farm bills and now serves as California Director of American Farmland Trust, which has made farm policy reform one of its major policy objectives.
Learn more from:
* Ed Thompson, Jr., California State Director and Senior Associate, American Farmland Trust
* Hank Giclas, Vice President, Science & Technology, Strategic Planning, Western Growers
* Katheryn Philips, Manager, California Clean Air for Life Campaign, Environmental Defense
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
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