Farm Leasing and Conservation Practices: Incentivizing Secure Tenure and Climate Resilience


2.0 CLE Credits Pending Approval, Professional Practice

Hosted by the PACE-NRDC Food Law Initiative and American Farmland Trust and made possible by the generous support of the Ida and Robert Gordon Family Foundation

Kevin Keenan, courtesy of American Farmland Trust
Photo Credit: Kevin Keenan, courtesy of American Farmland Trust.

Conservation practices on farms provide numerous benefits, including sequestration of carbon in soil, increased resiliency to extreme weather events, reduced soil erosion and nutrient pollution runoff, and improved soil health and long term productivity of land. However, due to obstacles presented by the nature of rental relationships, conservation practices are used far less frequently on leased land, which accounts for nearly 40% of U.S. farmland. This program will address tools and strategies for farmers, landowners, attorneys, and agricultural service providers to overcome barriers to implementing conservation practices on leased farmland.

Join us for an in-depth and comprehensive program led by experts in the field, including attorneys, conservation specialists and a farmer/landowner pair.

When: November 19, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 2:55 pm

Where: Webinar - Please click here to register. 


  • 10:00 am - 10:10 am: Introduction
  • 10:10 am - 11:00 am: General topics in farm lease agreements (1 CLE pending approval)
  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm: Incorporating conservation practices into farm lease agreements (1 CLE pending approval)
  • 12:45 pm - 1:35 pm: Federal and state programs and other benefits of conservation farming practices
  • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Panel discussion on the challenges, solutions and opportunities presented by conservation practices on leased farmland
  • 2:45 pm - 2:55 pm: Closing Remarks


  • Jon Brown, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University
  • Jerry Cosgrove, American Farmland Trust
  • Sarah Everhart, Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Francis K. Carey School of Law
  • Aaron Ristow, American Farmland Trust
  • Brian Scoralick, Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Tony Capraro, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Claudia Kenny, New York State Agricultural Mediation Program
  • Tim Biello, American Farmland Trust
  • Jennifer Grossman, Natural Resources Defense Council

All are welcome, including attorneys, farmers, agricultural service providers, students, and others. There is no registration fee for this event.

Elisabeth Haub School of Law NRDC

American Farmland Trust

Ida and Robert Gordon Family Foundation

The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative trains lawyers and law students on the emerging field of food law, and provides direct pro bono legal services to farmers, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations – all towards the mission of empowering a more just and sustainable food system. Learn more at

American Farmland Trust launched the conservation agriculture movement and has been bringing agriculture and the environment together since 1980. We take a holistic approach to farmland and ranchland, protecting it from development, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on it. Agriculture offers the most promising solutions in our fight against climate change—but only when we support farming can it fulfill its promise to feed us and heal our planet. Learn more at

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