Department of Agricultural Economics Extension

Background Information

Transitions in Agriculture: Implications for Research, Data Development, and Policy Analysis

Title Author/Presenter


Moderator, Mary Ahearn

Transition of U.S. Agriculture to Best Meet the Challenges Ahead

Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Future U.S. Agricultural Production at Stake: The Challenge of Agricultural Producer Transition

Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University

Social Forces and Cultural Factors Impacting Farm Transitions

Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont

National policies

Moderator, Ron Durst

Legal Issues Affecting Farm Transition

Shannon Ferrell, Oklahoma State University

Federal Policies Impacting Beginning Farmers: FSA, NRCS, Small Farms Programs, CRP, other

Charles Dodson, Farm Services Agency, USDA

Transitions In Agriculture: Perspectives on the Farm Credit System

Steve Koenig, Farm Credit

Ag Credit Survey

Nathan Kauffman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch

Facilitated Group Discussion

Mary Ahearn, Economic Research Service, USDA

Lessons learned

Moderator, Damona Doye

Lessons Learned from Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Projects funded by NIFA

Randy Westgren, University of Missouri

Lessons Learned from Farm Transition Projects funded through Risk Management Education Centers

Dave Goeller, University of Nebraska, Regional Risk Management Education center rep

Insights from experienced consultants

Dave Goeller, University of Nebraska

Retired Farmer-An Elusive Concept

Joy Kirkpatrick, University of Wisconsin

Future directions

Moderator, Mitch Morehart

Policies to Improve Farm Transition and Opportunities for Beginners

Brandon Willis, Risk Management Agency, USDA

Facilitated Group Discussion of Major Issues and Wrap-Up

Mike Boehlje, Purdue University

Decision Tools and Website Links

  • Legacy Project Workbook
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