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Ontario rural land use conference May 14

Apr. 4, 2013, Guelph, ON - If land is your business, don't miss Exploring Rural Land Use: Issues, institutions and change. This one-day conference will take place on Tuesday, May 14th at the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

"If you're a land use planner, policy maker, farmer or farm organization representative, lender, farm financial advisor, rural realtor or in land-related academics, you need to attend this conference," says Brady Deaton, Jr., conference organizer and Associate Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph.

"Land is one of the most significant contributors to the success of rural and agricultural economies. Understanding how it is valued, regulated and transferred is critical for effective management of this resource," he adds.

In addition to a unique networking opportunity, the conference will provide:

  • An examination of key trends and issues regarding farmland in Ontario
  • A discussion about the institutions and organizations that influence the use of land
  • A forum to learn more about First Nations land use issues
  • A closer look at ongoing property rights in Canada and the United States

Participants can register online at www.exploringrurallanduse2013.eventbrite.ca.

A highlight of the conference agenda is keynote speaker Chief Robert Louie of the Westbank First Nation and Chairman of the First Nations Land Advisory Board addressing the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. A complete list of speakers can be found at www.uoguelph.ca/fare/institute/conference.html.

Exploring Rural Land Use is presented by the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy, based in the Department of FARE.

"This conference is one of the key outreach activities of the Institute," says Alan Ker, FARE Chair. "It's our mission to provide independent credible, and timely policy analysis with respect to food and agricultural issues."

FARE is a research-intensive department in the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph with expertise in food economics, agricultural economics and agribusiness, and resource economics.