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The Farm LASTS Project Online Manual

FarmLAST: About the Project

Project Partners

  • Mary Ahearn is a Senior Economist, USDA Economic Research Service.
  • John Baker, attorney, is the administrator of the Beginning Farmer Center at Iowa State University. He also coordinates the International Farm Succession Network.
  • Michael Bell is a Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.
  • Robert Bernstein, Land For Good, NH, has expertise in affordable housing with diverse populations and farm transfer planning.
  • Lawrence Dixon, consultant, MA, has worked with socially disadvantaged domestic and international populations on agriculture and food security issues for 18 years.
  • Jess Gilbert, Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin/Madison has studied farmland ownership for over 20 years.
  • Dave Goeller, Agricultural Economics University of Nebraska Extension, is a farm/ranch transition specialist.
  • Debra Heleba, program staff with the University of Vermont Extension, has more than 10 years of experience providing education and support for entering and exiting farm families.
  • Annette Hiatt is a Senior Attorney at the Land Loss Prevention Project, NC, where she specializes in agricultural land tenure and estate planning.
  • Billy Horton, NH, has a Ph.D. in Sociology; he spent several years studying landownership patterns, particularly absentee ownership.
  • Brett Melone, executive director, Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), CA, works with Hispanic farm workers and limited-resource farmers seeking secure land tenure.
  • Robin Kohanowich is the sustainable farming coordinator at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC.
  • Denise O'Brien, coordinator, Women, Food and Agriculture Network in Iowa, is also a full-time farmer.
  • Robert Parsons is Extension Associate Professor in Farm Management, University of Vermont. He leads a six-state farm transfer education program and instructs on these topics.
  • Kathryn Ruhf, Land For Good, MA, has worked on farm entry, tenure and succession issues for 20 years and co-authored several publications on these topics.
  • Selena Polston, focus group facilitation trainer, is a professional focus group leader and trainer.
  • Steve Schwartz, executive director, California Farm Link, specializes in financing models for land acquisition, and long-term leases.
  • Charles Steiner, is an Assistant Professor in Agribusiness, University of Wisconsin/Platteville.
  • G.W. (Steve) Stevenson, Associate Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin/Madison, emeritus, is a rural sociologist who has studied farm entry and tenure.
  • Jennifer Taylor teaches in the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.


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