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Drake to host conference on sustainable land ownership

July 8, 2011
News PhotoExperts in land tenancy, ownership and conservation will present a land owner conference at Drake University on Thursday, July 28. Governor Terry Branstad will open the conference with an 8 a.m. address.

The "This Land is Your Land" event is focused on providing absentee and non-operating landowners information to better understand what they must do to enhance and protect their land, their investment, and their legacy.  

Sessions will cover the following issues:

  • Land use and soil loss concerns
  • Sustainable farm leasing
  • Equitable lease arrangements
  • Tax changes and considerations for farmland
  • Land ownership responsibility

Speakers representing various Iowa organizations will share their expertise and be available to answer attendee questions:

  • Craig Cox, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, Environmental Working Group
  • Ed Cox, fellow, Drake Agricultural Law Center
  • Anita O'Gara, vice president for development and communications, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Mark Gannon, founder, US Farm Lease, Gannon Real Estate
  • Marvin Debner, CEO and partner, LWBJ Financial

The registration fee is $40 per person or $75 a couple, which covers attendance, conference materials, plus lunch. The conference begins at 8 a.m. in the Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. The event is co-sponsored by US Farm Lease and the Drake University Agricultural Law Center.

For the conference full schedule and to register online, visit farmlandconference.com or call 515-232-4002 or 888-232-4002.