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Workshop Promoting Long-term Care of Land Through Leases and Contracts April 4 in Glenwood

GLENWOOD, Minn, -- A workshop on the pros and cons of long-term conservation leases and land contracts for beginning and retiring farmers will be held Thursday, April 4, from 5:30 p.m.- 8:15 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood (122 1st St. NW).
 The theme of this joint Land Stewardship Project (LSP)/Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) workshop is, “What is the legacy you want to leave on the land? Values based planning is possible.” The workshop is in response to the complexities that exist for beginning farmers attempting to gain access to land. One avenue for access is through long-term conservation leases, which can benefit the retiring and beginning farmers, as well as the land itself.

A FLAG attorney will be available to share information about long-term leases and land contracts. After the formal presentation, participants will have an opportunity to sign up for 10- to 15-minute time slots to meet individually with the FLAG attorney. There will also be an opportunity for beginning and retiring farmers to have informal conversations before and after the workshop.

Beginning farmer Ryan Batalden rents land from two landowners in southwest Minnesota. He said the long-term leases he has with the landowners allow him to participate in conservation programs while using production systems that build soil, keep the land certified organic and protect wildlife habitat.

"So, not only have they received great financial value for their investment, but they have received value in other ways that reflect their character and beliefs," said Batalden of the landowners.

There is no charge for this workshop, but please reserve a spot by contacting Nick Olson at 320-269-0157 or