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City Club of Eugene: The Future of Oregon's Small Farms

Recorded: July 12, 2019

Air Date: July 15, 2019

In “The Uncertain Future of Oregon’s Agricultural lands and the Role of Planners,” an article that appeared on the American Planning Association Oregon Chapter website on April 18, 2017, the author

Indicates that approximately 10.45 million acres of farm and ranch land is expected to change hands in the next 20 years. Such a significant turnover of land could provide an opportunity to promote more sustainable agricultural practices and access to a new generation of farmers. However, there are significant barriers to realizing that opportunity. Many existing farmers are unprepared for succession; the number of multi-generational farm families is declining; prices are rising; non-agricultural land uses are encroaching; and land ownership is consolidating in the hands of the few. The guest speakers will discuss the challenges facing small farms and suggest strategies for overcoming them.

Gary Stephenson, Director of the Center for Small Farms & Food Systems,  Oregon State University Extension Center
Nellie McAdams, Oregon Agricultural Land Trust

Nellie McAdams is a fifth generation Oregonian. She grew up on her family’s hazelnut farm in Gaston. Nellie, an attorney licensed in Oregon, founded and directed Rogue Farm Corps’ Farm Preservation Program, which works to improve farmland affordability, farm succession, and permanent farmland protection in Oregon.  Over the last year and a half, Nellie has worked in collaboration with dozens of organizations and individual stakeholders to establish a new, statewide agricultural land trust that she is now managing.

Garry Stephenson is Director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, an alternative farming program at Oregon State University that is striving to change the world through small scale organic/sustainable agriculture and local/regional food systems. He has over 30 years of experience collaborating with small and mid-size farmers on educational programs and applied research.
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Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
Barbara Dellenback returned to KLCC in December 2017 after pursuing other radio gigs and fundraising for community benefit organizations. She's host of the KLCC podcast The Oregon Grapevine. You can hear her on the radio hosting Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered.