Five people were appointed to the School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems for 2015. Two of those have now completed their terms; read about them on the Past Chairs page.
Jack Hedin, Featherstone Farm
Jack Hedin's work involves identifying mechanisms that would work to make farm land accessible in Minnesota, taking into account the needs of both farmers and landowners. He intends to interact with the numerous groups in the region working on this issue including the Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust (TCALT,) Renewing the Countryside, Farmers Legal Action Group, and the Hmong American Farmers Association.
Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity B&B and Farm; JDI Enterprises, Inc.
Lisa Kivirist will focus on better understanding and championing the role and impact of women farmers as leaders in all facets of agriculture by identifying and addressing barriers and opportunities in rural Minnesota communities. A particular focus will be on capturing women farmer leadership success stories, building local networks, identifying obstacles and developing solutions.
To reach any of the Chair holders or for more information, please contact the MISA office: email@example.com, 612-625-8235 or toll free 800-909-MISA (6472).