Farmland Advisors, a training program on farm transfer and farmland access options led by American Farmland Trust and Land For Good, convened 70 agricultural professionals from across New England and New York in Albany on November 18th and 19th. “Getting ‘face time’ amongst colleagues and future collaborators is really what this work is all about—and the conference reinforced my personal understanding of how to constructively engage with and support diverse constituencies,” said Kate Sann, preservation associate at Westchester Land Trust.
The conference was the centerpiece of a two-year program funded by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program with additional support from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program and New York State Agricultural Mediation Program. Participants include land trust staff, agricultural service providers and other professionals working with farmers and farmland owners. Participants received training in building relationships with landowners, farmland leases, conservation easements and affordability mechanisms, family and personal issues in estate planning, and tax and financial considerations in farm transfers. Elisabeth Moore, director of conservation at Connecticut Farmland Trust said, “Farmland Advisors has educated me about programs and resources around farm transfer and farmland access that I did not know existed.”