Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service Announce Conference Focused on Issues Facing Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Registration is now open for the two-day event, to be held November 9-10

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Farm Foundation® and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) are partnering to host a conference dedicated to bringing cutting-edge research on issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers to the forefront of discussion in agriculture. The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference will feature paper presentations from leading scholars in the field, addressing issues that affect the entry and success of new professionals in the agricultural sector. The conference will be held virtually over two days, November 9-10, 2020.

“We are grateful for the partnership of USDA’s ERS in bringing much-needed attention to the economic challenges and opportunities experienced by beginning farmers and ranchers,” said Shari Rogge-Fidler, president and CEO of Farm Foundation. “It is our hope that the awareness and understanding gained at this conference will form the basis for a renewed focus by organizations across the U.S. to provide more programs and resources to these new agriculture professionals.”

The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference is free to attend. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers and ranchers are all encouraged to take part in the sessions, which will include:

  • Credit and access to capital
  • Land access and other barriers to entry
  • Innovation and alternative markets
  • More topics and panel discussions to be announced

In addition, this conference will provide several networking opportunities for attendees to connect for future collaborations. Attendees may see the full agenda and register at

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