It’s been six years since LFG hosted Changing Lands, Changing Hands — the first national conference to focus on land access, tenure and transfer. Since then, land access challenges for beginning and established farmers have become much more widely acknowledged.
LFG will host another national conference on these topics. It will be held in Denver, Colorado, June 13 – 16, 2017—yes, next year.
The national planning committee is already at work to shape this event targeted to service providers, agency personnel, policymakers and advocates. With generous support from Farm Credit and in collaboration with USDA, the conference will delve into topics such as land access policy and the structure of agriculture, financing land access, heir property, land tenure and stewardship, farmers without successors, farmland investors, linking programs, public agland, and more.
One goal for the conference is to provide spaces for real in-depth peer-to-peer learning conversations, not just panels and PowerPoints.” says Kathy Ruhf, Senior Program Director for Land For Good.
We’ll look at regional differences, and ways to build ongoing connection and support for land access and transfer assistance providers.
Mark your calendar!
The Land Access Project is funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant # 2015-04544. The project is directed by Land For Good in partnership with over 40 collaborating organizations, agencies and individual experts in six New England states.