Who Owns U.S. Farmland?


The biggest problem faced by farmers across the country is access to land. Who owns it, who rents it—it all has a big impact on the kind of food we grow and who has economic opportunity in rural communities.

Young Farmers’ Land Access Program Director, Holly Rippon-Butler, sits down with Megan Horst, professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University, to talk about who owns U.S. farmland, and whether or not this is shifting.

More research on land access and ownership:

https://civileats.com/2019/01/25/new-research-explores-the-ongoing-impact-of-racism-on-the-u-s-farming-landscape/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/30/america-black-farmers-louisiana-sugarcane

National Young Farmers Coalition land access programs:
https://www.youngfarmers.org/land-access/calculator/
https://www.youngfarmers.org/finding-farmland-course/
https://www.youngfarmers.org/land-access/workinggroup/

Follow Holly’s ice cream making on Instagram @farmersconecreamery!

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