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Plenary Sessions



June 13, 3:00 pm

Historic and Contemporary Perspectives on Farm and Ranch Tenure


June 14, 8:00 am

Public Policy Dimensions of Land Access &Transfer


  • Chris Beyerhelm, USDA/Farm Services Agency
  • Don Brown, Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Cris Coffin, Land For Good
  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit
  • Juli Obudzinski, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, moderator

June 14, 12:30 pm

Farmer Panel: Hear stories from young and beginning farmers and ranchers about land access


  • Tess Brown-Lavoie, Rhode Island
  • Harrison Topp, Colorado
  • Dustin Stein, Colorado
  • Javier Zamora, California

June 14, 4:30

Racial Equity Challenges in Agricultural and Tenure


  • Stephen Carpenter, Farmers Legal Action Group
  • Janie Hipp, University of Arkansas
  • Shirley Sherrod, Southwest Georgia Project
  • Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

June 15, 11:15 am

Where to Next?


  • Monica Rainge, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • Lilia McFarland, USDA
  • Poppy Davis, SAGE
  • Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust
  • Jim Hafner and Kathryn Ruhf, Land For Good, moderators

Special thanks to our conference sponsors. 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.