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The Creation of Local Agrarian Commons
In the next two decades, it’s estimated that over 400 million acres of farmland will change ownership in the United States. The Agrarian Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that tomorrow’s farmers have access to this land, and that the opportunities to farm remain economically viable. In this webinar, Ian McSweeney, Director of the Agrarian Trust, talks about the Agrarian Commons model co-created by Agrarian Trust and many partners. 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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All presentation slides can be viewed here.
Who Will Own the Land? Recommoning Farmland via an Agrarian Trust
Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons Webinar, June 2020
On June 5th, 2020, Ian McSweeney, director of Agrarian Trust, presented on the Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons.
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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.