Land access for next generation farmers.

Photos by: Ben Stechshulte

  • Land News

    worldwide agricultural news about land access and land tenure
  • Show
    Agricultural Law Program Accepting Applications
    December 17, 2014

    From University of Arkansas School of Law: For anyone who is interested in food and agricultural law course work or an advanced law degree in agricultural & food law – The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law now has both a face-to-face program in Arkansas and a distance track that offers our full curriculum remotely. While our LL.M. candidates get first priority in terms of course enrollment, we now also allow […]
    Read…

    Show
    Credit Unions Investing in Maine Farmers
    December 17, 2014

    A story, published in the Bangor Daily News looks at how financiers are beginning to focus on small farmers. From the article by Darren Fishell: The 100-acre organic farm that Rufus Percy and his wife started working a decade ago is mix of leased land, family land and mortgaged land. Finding used farm equipment took them as far as Ohio. The barn where they raise about 100 hogs a year was built with the help of a grant from the […]
    Read…

    Show
    A New Voice for the Land
    December 14, 2014

    Martin Adams is a new voice for the land, and a revivalist of the historical context for the way we think about land issues. His new book, Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World is scheduled for publication in March. From Adams: Many of us already sense on one level or another that capitalism creates inequality and also engenders the ecological destruction of our planet. What we don’t seem to understand is why: For example, why does capitalism lead […]
    Read…

    Show
    Featured Resource: LandPortal
    December 11, 2014

    From the LandPortal website: The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking. Vision, values, activities and theory of change VISION The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land […]
    Read…

    Show
    Sharecropping Awareness Week
    December 9, 2014

    Watch this film about the folks that farm the land for no or reduced rent, then owe (some of) their product to the land owner. A good idea? Does it work?
    Read…

    Show
    A model to model: Terre de Liens
    December 5, 2014

    We’ve mentioned Terre de Liens a lot in the past. The structure of a shared commons used for agriculture is one we hope to replicate, and we have a group of lawyers, agrarians and activists working to create a legal structure for such an endeavor in the US. Here’s how it works:
    Read…

    Show
    Definition: Reserved Life Estate
    December 5, 2014

    Definition: Reserved Life Estate From ConservationTools.org The ownership of real estate can be divided into present and future interests. This division enables a landowner to convey land to a land trust or government with the owner retaining ownership during the owner’s lifetime or some other specified period. Donation of future interests can result in tax benefits. Summary The ownership of real estate can be divided into a present interest (called a “life estate”) and a future interest (called a “remainder” […]
    Read…

    Show
    The Commons are Making a Comeback
    December 5, 2014

    The land has not always been owned, or able to be owned, and it is not just in recent history that citizens have rebelled against the very idea of land as property. An article from AlJazeera America by Nathan Schneider uncovers some of what’s new with the old school idea of the commons. From the article: The commons is an old, simple idea but one that we have never needed so urgently. It’s whatever a community of people shares and […]
    Read…

    Show
    A Farmer Needs a Law Degree
    December 5, 2014

    Farmers are not lawyers, and why should we be? We have enough on our plate running a small business, tending the fields, defending small-scale agriculture. Sometimes it feel like we need to be lawyers, too, as we navigate the increasingly complex food system. Even a small market gardener needs a lawyer more than they’d think. Check out our Legal Resources to find legal help for agrarians. Are you a lawyer and want to use your skills to support a secure […]
    Read…

    Show
    Death of a Family Farm
    November 26, 2014

    The transition to the next generation doesn’t always go smoothly, even when there is a chance for keeping it in the family. Kristina Johnson profiles this side of the farm business in Death of a Family Farm, citing stark realities like these: So while financial advisors love to pull out the statistic that just 30% of family businesses transition into the second generation, the fact is that that number is no worse—and arguably better— than the longevity of most non-family […]
    Read…

    Page 1 of 4112345...102030...Last »