Farm Foundation Conference 1
The future of farming in America will be the main focus of a conference today and tomorrow (9th and 10th of November).
“The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference” is a joint effort between the Farm Foundation and the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
Martha King is the Vice President of Programs and Projects for Farm Foundation. She says the conference will be held virtually over two days and is free to attend.
“This stems from the work that USDA is doing around beginning farmers and ranchers, and they’re trying to synthesize the national research that’s happening related to this population. It initially started with a focus on the ag economics lens and ag economics research, and I think that’s still the primary focus of the conference; what are leading ag economists showing in terms of innovative credit and lending issues, land access, so it was really through that lens. And then we had a large number of paper submissions for this, so obviously there’s a ton of interest in the topic.”
Farm Foundation hosts a lot of conferences dealing with agriculture, but this is the first time they’ve hosted an event about beginning farmers and ranchers getting out on the land.
You can find out more information on the conference at www.farmfoundation.org. Click on the panel that says, “Free 2 Day Conference.”