Sixty-four percent of Oregon's farmland is expected to change hands in the next 20 years, yet many Oregon farmers are unprepared for succession. Simultaneously, beginning farmers are finding it harder to start farmers because of dramatically increasing land prices.
These distinct but interwined challenges are addressed in a new research report from the Oregon State University Center for Small Farms, Portland State University's Planning Oregon/Institute for Metropolitan Studies, and Rogue Farm Corps. The study examines trends in land tenure and the effects they might have on Oregon's economy, rural communities, and environment.
The report was in many ways inspired and informed by the land access working group of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.
Publications by Center Affiliates
- Authors: Trant, Brekken, Lurie, and Davis
- Publication date: 2016
- Summary: This paper discusses specific policies the State of Oregon has developed to serve Oregon farmers, in particular, its population of small-scale agricultural producers that sell into local and regional markets.