April 26, 2015
Wes Jackson to speak at Land Access Symposium
Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute, will be among leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement to speak at a symposium on land access presented by the Agrarian Trust in Berkeley, Calif. The symposium is in response to data showing the average age of the American farmer is 58, up 1.2 years from 2007, and that a third of all farmers are of retirement age (65 or older). That begs these questions:
With 400 million acres of farmland set to change hands, who will reap the rewards? Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investor asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur?