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Change and opportunity: We are on the edge of change in agriculture; more than 70 percent of U.S. farm and ranch land may be in the hands of new owners in the coming years. With it will be a need for information – about crops, markets, stewardship – and new opportunities. In this issue, you’ll see how a Leopold Center partnership is helping in the transition, and a new Leopold Center study that points to huge opportunities in local foods.
OTHER FEATURES: Director Mark Rasmussen notes huge changes in land use that fail to protect the soil and Distinguished Fellow Fred Kirschenmann says cooperation, not competition, could improve our health and quality of life. You’ll also see how farmers have inspired our latest Spencer Award winner, success from a “Dream to Farm” program, the latest sweet potato research, Aldo Leopold’s wisdom in our latest annual report and much more.