No. 2, 2015, Land Stewardship Letter

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Table of Contents

Commentary…3
• Banking on Buffers

Myth Buster…4
•"New" Farmland is from Already Tilled Acres

LSP News…5
• LSP Local: A New Regional Communication Tool for Farmers
• Connor Departs LSP
• Family Farm Breakfast at the Capitol Turns 10
• Who Provided the Food?
• Thanks to Volunteers & Advertisers

Policy & Organizing…8
• 2015 Minn. Legislative Roundup: A Mixed Bag
• Healthcare Attacked at Capitol
• Fast-Tracking a Bad Trade Deal
• LSP Hosts Crop Insurance Meeting
• Policy & Organizing Ear to the Ground Podcasts Available
• LSP Report on the USDA's Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program
• LSP's Stettler Appointed to USDA Subcommittee on Land Tenure

Farm Transitions…16
Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse
Farm Transitions Toolkit
• Kiva Zip Loans
• Switching Renters
• Women in Transition
• Who Will Farm the Land in the Future?

Farm Beginnings…20
• Farm Beginnings Accepting 2015-2016 Applications
• LSP Farm Dreams
• 2015 Farm Beginnings Calendar
• Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Fresh Faces-Fresh Farming: Micro-Goals—Big Plans
• Livestock Loan Program Evolves into the Journeyperson Course
• Bacigalupo Participates n Women in Ag Summit

Continuous Living Cover…25
• Land-to-Lab & Back Again
• Infiltrating Soil Health
• New LSP Cover Crops Research Initiative

Reviews…28
The Keeney Place
Our Only World

Admin Corner…30
• LSP Staff Pay it Forward

Membership Update…30
• An Important Membership Landmark
• In Memory & in Honor
• LSP Gift Memberships
• Member-Member Meeting
• Support LSP in Your Workplace

Stewardship Calendar…32