Land prices are among the biggest barriers for new farmers, especially for local meat producers, who typically require more acreage for livestock and need close proximity to urban markets. In 2018, the CEFS’ NC Choices program received a USDA grant to help beginning pasture based meat farmers gain access to land by obtaining leases in either pasture-based or silvopasture systems (the integration of trees, livestock, and forage management) on protected lands. Project partners include a mix of Cooperative Extension specialists, researchers, agri-businesses, farmers, and The Triangle Land Conservancy who has committed 30+ acres toward this project. This session will cover the project to date including strategies for developing partnerships to incorporate livestock systems on protected lands, budgeting and stage infrastructure costs, grazing plans, and finding the right “match” for farmers and land trusts.
Session Level: Advanced Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center