Speight to serve as panelist for the Farm Foundation’s Virtual Forum on Ownership and Investment in U.S. Farmland
Farm Foundation is set to host a virtual forum, “Ownership and Investment in U.S. Farmland,” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Forum will address the challenges and opportunities surrounding agricultural land ownership in the U.S. Topics will include the historical issues with agricultural land ownership, trends in farm demographic change, competition for land between farmers/ranchers and real estate and energy development interests, and more.

Farmers, ranchers, food and agribusiness leaders, government officials and staff, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics, students in agricultural disciplines, and members of the media are all encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. To register for the event, please visit farmfoundation.org. Upon registration, attendees will receive the Zoom link and/or meeting ID and passcode via email.

The distinguished panel of experts participating in the event includes:


David Haight, Vice President for Programs, American Farmland Trust


Howard Halderman, President, Halderman Farm Management Service and Halderman Real Estate Services

Whitney Sawney, Director of Communications and Policy, Native American Agriculture Fund

Eloris Speight, Director, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center

“Ownership of and investment in U.S. farmland is a critical topic as we look towards the future with new demands for farmland, transitions of ownership and succession planning, and farmland as a continued investment opportunity,” said Martha King, Farm Foundation, vice president of programs and projects. “This Forum will examine the topic from multiple perspectives and look at both current events and proposed legislation as well as future demographics and trends.”