FALS Panel Explores Farmland Succession and Passing On Agriculture from One Generation to the Next

How can older farmers ensure that their productive lands will continue to be used for growing food after they retire? How can young farmers compete with private land developers for prime agricultural lands without breaking the bank? Thoughtful farmland succession planning can potentially solve both of these challenges.

This week, Vermont Law School’s Food and Agriculture Law Society (FALS) presents The Future of Farmland: Passing Agriculture from One Generation to the Next, a panel of farm attorneys and agriculture service providers who will share their experience and knowledge for farmland succession. 

The event will be held on  Wednesday, October 24,, 2018, from 5:30-8pm, in Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School.

The panel will feature Annette Higby, a Randolph, Vermont-based attorney specializing in farmland transfers; Mike Ghia the Vermont Field Agent at Land For Good; and Maria Moreira, Executive Director and Co-Founder of World Farmers in Lancaster, MA. Panelists will provide a unique perspective for farmers, lawyers, farm advocates, and law students interested in land succession and land access, and will explain how to access new resources and connections on the issue. The panel, moderated by John Echeverria, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, will speak to the heart of farmland succession issue with topics ranging from farmland access for new farmers, farmland preservation, and succession to bridge New England’s farms with the next generation of farmers.

FALS welcomes farmers, attorneys in practice, and the general community to the event. For practicing Vermont attorneys, the event is eligible for 1 CLE Credit. All are welcome.

Find more information and RSVP on Eventbrite and Facebook.

The Food and Agricultural Law Society is a vibrant community of food and agriculture scholars who meet biweekly on the Vermont Law School campus. FALS engages students and the community in diverse topics and projects related to food and agriculture. FALS hosts and attends events and conferences, and seeks to include the wider community in these discussions. FALS projects include Food Talk Radio, Farm Bill discussion lunches, farm tours, collaboration with the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), and much more. The group celebrates all perspectives on the issues and is united in an appreciation of food and agriculture as the issue of our time. FALS has no political agenda or affiliation, and aims to maintain an objective, fact-driven approach to learning about and discussing food and agriculture.