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Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Land access, agricultural land tenure and farm succession are top challenges for US agriculture. In cooperation with USDA, Land For Good is proud to host this national event.

USDA and groups across the country are working on these issues. We’ll look at:
• What’s going on in the field.
• What’s needed.
• How practitioners, educators and policymakers can improve how farms and ranches are accessed, held and transferred.

This conference is a forum to share and discuss best and emerging practices, policies and programs. We’ll bring people from all across the US to:
• Exchange knowledge, information, and research findings
• Build professional skills and networks
• Collect and disseminate the wealth of ideas, experiences and perspectives from all regions and sectors

Together, we’ll advance workable strategies for equitable land access, secure and sustainable tenure, and successful transfer of our farms and ranches.

WHEN: June 13-15, 2017

WHERE: Denver, Colorado 

(DoubleTree Denver Stapleton North)


This conference will bring together practitioners, educators, policymakers and advocates who work with and on behalf of farmers and landowners of all types, commodities, scales and regions.

Agenda Overview

Registration is now closed. For late registration options or questions, please email kathy[at]



Meeting room space will be available throughout the conference. At the event, sign up for a block of time for a meeting that you organize. You might arrange something in advance or get inspired to network with new colleagues.

Share Your Good Work!

Show off your organization’s materials at the Changing Lands Library Table. Bring display copies, brochures and one-pagers for others. Sorry, no table displays.

Colorado in June!

Plan on extending your visit for some recreation! Click here for some ideas.

Special thanks to:

The conference planning committee:

  • Kathryn Ruhf, Land Access Project Director, Land For Good
  • Adrian Card, Colorado State University Extension
  • Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust
  • Savi Horne, Land Loss Prevention Project
  • Reggie Knox, California Farm Link
  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council (a Lead Conference Sponsor)
  • Dana Richey, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Holly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Hilde Steffey, Farm Aid
  • Karen Stettler, Land Stewardship Project
  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Agrarian Trust

The Colorado host committee:

Support provided by the following sponsors:

Lead Sponsor




Additional support provided by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, #2015-70017-23900.

Please contact if you would like to discuss sponsorship.