American Farmland Trust released its 2023 Farm Bill advocacy platform this week. Itâ€™s a series of policy recommendations focused on supporting farmers and ranchers in protecting their land from development, combating climate change, and enabling a diverse new generation of farmers to better access land and build businesses. â€œThe farm bill, which is passed once every five years, is the single most influential piece of federal legislation in food and agriculture,â€ says AFT president and CEO John Piotti (Pee-AHT-tee). â€œOur policy recommendations, developed with input from producers and experts across the country, will help ensure that the 2023 Farm Bill sets agriculture on a path towards a more resilient, profitable, and equitable future.â€ AFT research has found that 11 million acres of agricultural land were paved over, fragmented, and converted to uses that jeopardize agriculture between 2011-2016. An additional loss of 18.4 million acres were expected by 2040 without additional policy actions.