October 2021

Thursday, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Farmland Conservation Easements 101

If you’re a farmland owner or a farmer looking for land, there’s a legal tool you should know about – the farmland conservation easement.

If you are a landowner, a farmland conservation easement could help you to preserve farmland that is a family legacy. If you own the land you farm, an easement could also help you generate funds to reinvest in your farm operation and work out the best possible succession arrangement.

If you are a farmer who doesn’t own land, the farmland conservation easement can, in many cases (especially near urban areas), make a farmland purchase more affordable for you to buy.

So join us on Thursday, October 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom to learn more about farmland conservation easements.

In this webinar, Emy Brawley and Aimee Collins of The Conservation Fund will introduce you to the basic concepts of farmland conservation easements and how they work. They will then take you into a deeper dive into the many practical details of implementing one if you are a farmland owner. What, for example, can you and can you not restrict in the language of the easement? What exactly are the potential financial benefits? Emy and Aimee will also explain what farmers need to know about farming on land that has an easement.

We’ll then move from theory to practice. Linda Balek from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) – an organization that holds conservation easements – will talk about TLC’s relationship with farmland owners and farm tenants on farmland TLC has conserved with easements.

Finally, you’ll hear about how The Conservation Fund and its partners are expanding the use of farmland conservation easements in Illinois as a way to make land more affordable and to build the resiliency of our local food systems.

$10/person. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nathan at nathan@libertyprairie.org.

Tuesday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Walk Through Financial Statements Part 1 - Income Statement

During this webinar, we will discuss the importance of financial statements; processes such as book keeping and what yout accountant should be doing; how farm accounting differs from GAP accounting for food companies and what that means for your farm; and what your Profit & Loss is telling you.

September 2021

Thursday, 6-8pm

Buying Rural Farmland 101

FINDING AND BUYING RURAL FARMLAND is not the same as finding and buying a house in a city or a suburb. So gear up to go about it in a wise way by attending this webinar. The three experienced speakers will cover everything from a good search strategy and how to find the right realtor to understanding the purchase process, assessing the total property package (including septic fields and wells), financing, appraisals, and even adjusting to rural life. Two hours isn’t enough time to cover everything, but you’ll come away with a much better understanding than you had coming in.