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2nd Annual Land Link Forum
March 7-8, 2014 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort - Nathrop, CO 


Friday March 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM MST
Saturday March 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM MST

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Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort 
15870 County Road 162
Nathrop, CO 81236-9703

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David Lynch 
Colorado Land Link Director

Sponsors & Partners



cbf building farmers

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Colorado State Conservation Board

alt. choices wellness

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Upper Arkansas Conservation District

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Valley Food Partnership logo

wra environmental consultants

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Winn Family Foundation

Oliver and Schieren Family

*The deadline for registration is February 28th*


This year's Forum will focus on farm and ranch succession and transfer planning. The forum will address transition and tenure strategies that facilitate the entry of next generation agricultural producers while providing innovative and appropriate solutions for retiring farmers and ranchers, as well as landholders. It will be an excellent opportunity for existing farmers and ranchers to link with agricultural providers who specialize in farm and ranch succession planning. Aspiring farmers and ranchers seeking land access will have a chance to connect with landowners and agricultural professionals who support the next generation of producers.

Who should attend?

You Should attend this event if you are a:

  • Current farmer or rancher interested in strategies for transitioning out of agriculture.
  • Landowner seeking options for farmland tenure and management transfer.
  • Agricultural professional looking to assist farm/ranch families and the next generation of famers and ranchers.
  • Prospective farmer or rancher seeking opportunities in agriculture.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 7th

1:00-5:00pm: Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens 
Join us to network with other statewide agricultural service providers and learn about local food initiatives and producers in our region.

2:00-4:00pm: The Role of Conservation in Farm Succession Planning - Panel of Ag. Service Professionals - Facilitator, Andrew Mackie, Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas

  • Conservation Opportunities for LandownersGinger Davidson, Palmer Land Trust: Lower Arkansas Conservation Director
  • Innovative Water Solutions for Preserving Active AgricultureJohn Stulp, Special Policy- Advisor to the Governor on Water
  • Mitigation Banking: Compensation for Farmers through Wetland CreditsBen Guillon, Wetlands Research Associates
  • Agricultural Services for Landowners and Next Generation FarmersBill Gardiner, NRCS
  • The Role of SARE with Land Linking ProgramsCindy Lair, State Conservation Program Manger
5:30pm: Reception & Silent Auction opens
6:30pm: Dinner

7:00pm: Keynote Address by Leland Swenson: Preserving Colorado’s Agricultural Legacy - Welcome and Introduction – David Lynch

Leland (Lee) Swenson assumed his role as the Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director on May 20, 2013.  Leland is responsible for management and oversight of all federal farm programs administered by FSA as well as the related administrative operations for
39 county offices in Colorado. 

Born and raised on a diversified family farm, Swenson has been active in the agriculture sector for more than forty years. He has held significant leadership positions with several major agricultural organizations in South Dakota, California, and Colorado, serving as the Executive Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; Executive Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers; President of the National Farmers Union; and President and Secretary/Treasurer of the South Dakota Farmers Union. 

Committed to assisting retiring family farmers and ranchers help foster and mentor the next generation of agriculture producers, Swenson served on the California Farm-Link board of directors during his tenure as Executive Director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers.

Leland has also held Presidential and Secretarial appointments to the 21st Century Commission on Production Agriculture and the USDA Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. Swenson served in the United States Air Force and Army National Guard. 

*For more about Leland's perspective on Land Link programs and farmland access, check out the blog post in which Guidestone had a chance to interview him, here!*

7:30pm: Music by Salida's own Caravan X!

Caravan X is a William Boddy, Terri Dunn, Raphael and Greg Walter project. The project features William Boddy on stand-up bass, who has been playing bass for over 40 years and has an impressive resume not only as a musician but as an artist as well. Terri Dunn plays percussion, sings, and adds a groovy and sexy presence to the band. Rafael of Subculture Cyclery is our main percussionist; born and raised in Mexico he brings a wide range of sounds that really drive the band. Greg Walter plays guitar, sings, and brings what is growing to be a fairly eclectic wide range of original songs.


Saturday, March 8th

8:00am: Welcome and Orientation

8:10-9:00am: Colorado Land Link: Where we are and where we’re going - David Lynch, Colorado Land Link Director & Jennifer Visitacion, Guidestone 

9:00-10:00am: Farm Succession and Transfer: Preserving Farms for Farmers - John Baker, International Farm Transition Network

10:00-10:15am: Break

10:15-11:00am: Financing Opportunities for New and Existing Farmers and Ranchers - Leland Swenson, Colorado Director of Farm Service Agency

11:00am-Noon: Landowner Perspectives: Land Access for Aspiring Farmers and Ranchers - Art Hutchinson, Hutchinson Ranch; Frank Holman, Chaffee County Commissioner; Paul Moltz, Local Landowner; Jed Selby, The Meadows; Facilitator, David Lynch

Noon-1:00pm: Lunch and Networking Tables

1:30pm-3:30pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Track A

  • Farm Transfer Case Studies: What Worked and Didn’t WorkJohn Baker
  • Farm Succession Risk Management: An Interactive AnalysisFacilitator: David Lynch

Track B

  • Forging the Dream: Stories from Young Farmers and Ranchers on the Pathway to Farm Transfer and Land Access – Panelists Include: 
        • Inheriting the Family Ranch Business: Abby Hutchinson, Hutchinson Ranch
        • Meeting the Challenges of Farmland Access: Seth Roberts, Weathervane Farm
        • Creating the Link: Beth Telhorst, Trout Creek Farm
        • Pioneering a New Venture: Margaret Fitch, Salida School Garden 
        • Facilitator, Jennifer Visitacion
  • Pathway to Successful Farming and Land Access 
        • Challenges for Young Farmers, Identifying the Issues, Advocating for Policy Change: Kate Greenberg, National Young Farmers Coalition
        • Bridging the Market and the Role of a Food Hub: Dan Hobbs, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
        • Educating for Success: Adrian Card and Kurt Jones, CSU Building Farmers Training Program
        • The Role of Colorado Land Link in Farmland Access: Jennifer Visitacion, Guidestone

3:30-4:00pm: (Plenary Session) Putting It All Together: Crafting a Strategic Plan - Facilitator: Jennifer Visitacion

Lodging & Meals

Lodging: Participants are encouraged to stay on site at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Guidestone has a number of rooms being held with a group rate ($99 for hotel room, $50 pp for shared cabin) for attendees. Please contact the resort directly to book your room and let them know this is for the Guidestone event. We encourage you to reserve a room early!  Mt. Princeton will be holding rooms at this rate through Wednesday, February 19th.

Registration for the Forum includes dinner on Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  


Full Registration for the Land Link Forum is $135, a 1-day Friday pass is $45 (includes dinner), and a 1-day Saturday pass is $100.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Information

If you or your organization is interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor we enthusiastically encourage your participation and support! The Exhibit Hall will remain open throughout the Forum and Certified Farm Succession Coordinator Training, and sponsor logos will be added to our webpage, event homepages and additional marketing and PR. For more information and to sign up, click here.

About Guidestone

Guidestone is a 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through the preservation of agricultural resources and education for ecological literacy. Guidestone serves youth, families, farmers, ranchers, educators, and the community by providing programs and services that expand knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions that connect people their food systems.

Contact David Lynch, Colorado Land Link Director, at or call 719-966-2237 with further questions. We look forward to your participation.