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The Creation of Local Agrarian Commons
In the next two decades alone, it’s estimated that across the US, over 400 million acres of farmland will change ownership. The Agrarian Trust is a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to ensure that tomorrow’s farmers have access to this land, and that the opportunities to farm remain economically viable. Ian McSweeney, Director of the Agrarian Trust, talked about their exciting new project to create a local Agrarian Commons. The Agrarian Commons will purchase farmland and enter into fair long-term leases with new farmers, while protecting the land with easements and restrictions supporting ecologically restorative agricultural practices.
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Who Will Own the Land? Recommoning Farmland via an Agrarian Trust
Featuring interviews with Agrarian Trust staff and board members
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture | Podcast
Ian McSweeney, 400M US acres will change hands soon, how to make them regenerative?!
ASHES ASHES | Podcast
Episode 26 - Barrier to Growth
There seems to be a perfect storm of factors that threaten to completely reshape who owns farmland here in the US and globally. 400 million acres of farmland in the US alone will change hands in the next 20 years, farmers are retiring and there is a much smaller generation of young farmers to replace them, and global investment for agriculture land is on the rise, which will push family farmers off the land in favor of industrial consolidation. Beyond that, farmland is being lost to competing land uses. In the United States, that's between 1 and 3 acres of farmland lost every minute. To help navigate some of these issues, and as an example of solutions that are being developed and implmented to fight against these trends, we are joined by Ian McSweeney, organizational director of Agrarian Trust.