The forum is described as a “two day national policy conference” to identify various policy innovations and opportunities from the national to the local level that can help support new or beginning farmers. The conference will be held in Washington, DC on March 4 and March 5, 2010.
The forum will feature panels and keynote speakers on relevant topics affecting the next generation of farmers. The topics range from dealing with land purchasing, finance and credit, leases, education, training, urban agriculture, sustainability, and rural vitalization, as well as other topics.
Drake University Agricultural Law Center is organizing the forum and is receiving financial support from USDA Risk Management Agency; Farm Credit Council; the National Center for Agricultural Law Research; Walton School of Business Center for Applied Sustainability, University of Arkansas; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University, and the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust. The conference is also being held in cooperation of several organizations and coalitions.
To view the announcement of the forum click here.
To see a preliminary agenda of the forum click here.
To register for the forum click here.