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Upper
Midwest
Farmland Summit

November 14 & 15, 2023
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The 2023 Farmland Summit brought together thought leaders, change agents, policymakers, and practitioners from around the Upper Midwest to dig into critical challenges and opportunities related to farmland access and transfer.
 

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The 2023 Farmland Summit will bring together farm leaders, change agents, policymakers, and practitioners from around the upper Midwest to dig into critical challenges and opportunities related to farmland access and transfer. Participants will gather to learn, share, and connect around an array of issues such as financing, tenure, conservation, and transfer.

Event Details

November 14 & 15, 2023
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

Early Bird Full Registration - $160*
Early Bird One Day Registration - $85*
Regular Full 2-day Registration - $210
Regular 1-day Registration - $115

*Early bird pricing extended through October 31


REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 5:00pm CT (extended from noon)

Day 1 Overview

Plenary speakers and panels will frame critical challenges, opportunities, and success stories around farmland access and transfer in the upper Midwest and nationally. The day will focus on building common understanding, identifying opportunities for regional and cross-state collaboration, and drawing attention to gaps and opportunities at state and local levels. In part, this day aims to engage state and local decision makers  with the goal of building policy support for farmland access and transfer issues.

Day 2 Overview

The day will provide opportunities to connect with fellow participants and dig into specific topics, questions, and best practices related to an array of topics including but not limited to:

 

  • Challenges and opportunities for emerging farmers

  • Farmland succession and transfer

  • Equity and justice in farmland access

  • Public policy and planning strategies for farmland access and transfer

  • Collective models for farmland ownership and tenure

  • Innovative financing models; farmland financing and access to capital

  • Farmland conservation and protection

  • Financial readiness for farmland access or transfer

  • Opportunities for regional and multi-state collaboration

Summit Schedule

Speakers & Facilitators

The full list of Summit speakers & facilitators is now live!

Click below to explore.

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Keynote speaker
Zac
h Ducheneaux
National Administrator, Farm Service Agency

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Venue

We are thrilled to partner with the beautiful Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN as the host for the Summit! The Arboretum offers free parking, and accessible parking is available in the front rows of their main Oswald Visitor Center parking lot. You can find more information regarding getting to the Arboretum here.

Lodging

Photo by Nick Kreevich, courtesy of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Lodging

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

7855 Century Boulevard, Chanhassen, MN 55317

There is a room block reserved for Summit participants at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites,  just a few minutes east of the Arboretum.

Use this special link to book your reservation by November 7th to receive the group rate. When booking, make sure to enter the correct dates and use the block code RTC, if the block rate does not automatically appear.

If you would rather, call the front desk at 952-401-8850 to book. To receive the group rate, please reference the Renewing The Countryside event.

Book by November 7!

Inclusion & Accessibility

We are striving to reduce barriers to participation in the Summit. With registration closing in a few days, we have now closed the financial support form, but please email catie@rtcinfo.org with any last-minute requests or questions.

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Become a Sponsor

Our 2023 Sponsors make the Farmland Summit possible! For information on sponsorship levels and to become a sponsor, click the button below or email catie@rtcinfo.org.

2023 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors 

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Silver Sponsors 

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Bronze Sponsors 

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Contact Summit Organizers

If you have additional questions, need help registering, or have special requests related to the Summit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Catie at catie@rtcinfo.org.

The Summit is hosted by the Farmland Access Hub, a consortium of entities working together to improve farmland access for emerging farmers, and organized by Renewing the Countryside

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