Are you a farmland owner or retiring farmer looking to transition ownership or rent your farmland in ways that reflect your values? The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help farmers and landowners act on their conservation and social values. LSP has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health.
“As a landowner, you have the power to determine the legacy of your land — that decision is the most important decision you can make,” said Bill McMillin, a retired southeastern Minnesota farmer who, with his wife Bonnie, recently transitioned the family farm to a non-related beginning farmer-neighbor.
The dates and times for the workshops are:
• January 12: Renting It Out Right — Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources, 12:30-3 p.m.
• January 19: Farm Transitions introductory overview, 1-3 p.m.
• January 20: Renting It Out Right — Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources, 5:30-8 p.m.
• January 21: Farm Transitions — introductory overview, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• January 29: Women Renting It Out Right: Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources (women-only session), 1:30-4 p.m.
• February 2: Goal Setting for Life and Land with holistic educator Cree Bradley, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• February 9: Soil Health with NRCS’s Kristin Brennan, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• February 16 : Financial Considerations with Megan Roberts, Extension educator, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• February 23: Legal Considerations with attorney Jason Wagner, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• March 2: Conservation Programs and Easements for Farmland, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• March 9: Long Term Care Considerations with attorney Kate Graham, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
For more information, see www.landstewardshipproject.org/workshops or contact LSP’s Robin Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Stettler at email@example.com.