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OEFFA Workshop--Listening to the Land: Tools and Strategies for Land Assessment

  • Agraria 131 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road Yellow Springs, OH, 45387 United States (map)

Beginning farmers seeking land will gain hands-on experience assessing the
suitability of a parcel of land for a farm operation during this workshop, which is a
component of American Farmland Trust’s Farmland for the Next Generation project.
Learn why land assessment is important and key considerations for conducting
a land search including location, natural resources, infrastructure, land use and
management, current use and rights, adjoining land use, and taxes. Learn from
a beginning farmer and Farm Credit Mid-America appraiser about the appraisal
process and common issues beginning farmers face. Participants will have an
opportunity to learn first-hand about conservation easements with Tecumseh Land
Trust, and will have an opportunity to walk the farmland of Agraria, a project of the
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, to observe the land assessment
process from a distinguished grassland conservationist. Following the workshop, at
1 p.m., there will be a public tour of Agraria.

About the Speakers: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator at OEFFA, is one of the 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers across the country serving in the inaugural class of American Farmland Trust’s Land Access Trainers. Dana Workman Stacey is owner and operator of Grass Powered Poultry & Meats and Collateral Analyst for Farm Credit Mid-America. Bob Hendershot is a retired State Grassland Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is owner of Green Pasture Services, a pasture and farm consulting service. Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments; participants who wish to stay for the public farm tour are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Pre-registration is required by June 18. To register, go to or send a check made out to OEFFA,
along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Land Assessment, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022 or

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