Thank you for attending the “Linking Food, Farmer and Farmland Security” webinar and your interest in how land access plays a critical role in the future food and farming system. We have put together some resources that might help further the conversation around land access.
The USDA’s subcommittee on Land Tenure will have an in-person meeting in Des Moines June 22- 24th. Anyone can contribute by submitting pertinent research, thoughts, experiences, etc via emails, calls, and / or in person in IA . There will be a federal registry coming out soon that will explain how people can contribute. Gary Matteson (Farm Credit) and Neil Hamilton (Drake University) are co- chairs of this committee.
Farmland Advisors Project (2012 – 2014). LFG partnered with the American Farmland Trust to provide professional training, materials and support around farmland access, farm succession and working with farmland owners to 90 agriculture service providers in New England and New York.
Over the past decade, access to farmland has emerged as a top barrier for beginning and established sustainable farmers. At the same time, approximately 70% of U.S. farmland will soon transfer from our aging farmer population. This threatens farmers’ ability to access, keep, and steward our precious soil and water resources. These facts create an urgent need for farmland access and transfer programs and services that benefit new and retiring farmers, farm inheritors, non-farming landowners, communities, and farmland itself.