This seminar offers land trust staff the opportunity to learn how to help young and beginning farmers and ranchers gain access to land. It offers participants strategies to transition protected farm and ranch land to the next generation by helping land seekers identify and assess agricultural resources and navigate land access and tenure arrangements. Learn to support beginner farmers and ranchers and act as service providers in land access and farm succession strategies.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center Price: $130/$150
Farms Under Threat is a groundbreaking new research initiative undertaken by American Farmland Trust (AFT) in collaboration with Conservation Science Partners. Its spatial analyses replace AFT's earlier Farming on the Edge research using advanced geospatial and remote sensing analysis to create the most comprehensive assessment ever undertaken of the status and threats to U.S. farm and ranch land. In this session, we'll share the approach and use of new data which, among other things, assesses agricultural land based on its productivity, versatility and resiliency to support intensive food and crop production. We'll review maps and key findings about the nature and extent of agricultural land conversion to urban and low-density rural development and suggest policy and programmatic approaches to stave off future losses. And we'll provide a sneak preview of research currently underway. We'll close with a discussion of ways Farms Under Threat can be used to inform agricultural land protection programing and make the case for funding and policy change. As part of the discussion, we'll look at how AFT will use Farms Under Threat spatial analyses to generate future scenarios, including of climate change, and incorporate these into AFT's messaging and programming. We'll also seek feedback from attendees on how they might use Farms Under Threat findings and what kind of support is needed to advance their work.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center