Farmland Summit

Farmland Summit

October 21, 2019 - 10am-6pm

Red Wing, Minnesota

The Farmland Summit is a gathering that will move the needle forward on farmland access and transfer in the Upper Midwest. Our goal for this Summit is to accelerate change towards systems where new farmers can more readily access affordable farmland and retiring farmers have easier and more satisfactory options for transferring their farms. Through this Summit, we hope to strengthen our networks and explore current efforts in farmland access and transfer as well as inspire new thinking and move towards meaningful action. 

The Farmland Summit will host leaders from across the nation who will share their experience and help us to develop our strategies. Speakers include:

- Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good, MA

- Holly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition, Schuylerville, NY

- Sam Smith, Intervale Center, Burlington, VT

- Amy Moreno-Sills, PCC Farmland Trust, Seattle, WA 

- Suzanna Denison, Hudson Valley Farmlink Network & American Farmland Trust, NY

- Liya Schwartzman, California Farmlink, Sacramento, CA


The Farmland Summit is Monday, October 21st, and it hosted in conjunction with the National Farm Viability Conference, which is Tuesday, October 22nd through Thursday, October 24th. 


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Agenda (Schedule subject to change)
10:00 - 10:20

Introduction - Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside

Welcome - Commissioner of Agriculture, Thom Petersen (invited)

10:20 - 11:00

Voices from the Countryside - perspectives on access and transfer from the Upper Midwest

Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Kate Graham, Fafinski Mark & Johnson P.A.; Jennifer Nelson, Humble Pie Farm; and Jaime Villalaz, Latino Economic Development Center (invited)

Moderated by Greg Padget, Practical Farmers of Iowa

11:00 - 11:15

Farmland Access Hub—Overview

Julie Ristau, Main Street Project

11:15 - 12:00

Stories From the Farmland Access Hub

Kate Edwards and Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

12:00- 12:45


12:45 - 1:15

Framing the Issues & Trends in Farmland Access and Transfer 

Kathy Ruhf, Land for Good anHolly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition

1:15 - 1:35

Strategies to Shift our Trajectory

Susan Stokes, Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson (and former Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner)

1:35 - 2:00


2:00 - 2:15


2:30 - 4:30

Successful Models

Introduced by Karen Stettler, Land Stewardship Project


Hudson Valley Farmlink Network & NY State efforts

Suzanna Denison, American Farmland Trust 


Farmland Easements & Balancing Finances

Sam Smith, Intervale Center


PPC Farmland Trust

Amy Moreno-Sills


California Farm Link

Liya Schwartzman

5:00 - 6:00

Exploring Collective Strategies & Next Steps

6:00 – 7:00

Reception (Cash bar and light refreshments)


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