New Training Program for Professionals Working with Farmers and Farmland Owners!
Nearly 25 percent of the farmland in New York and New England is owned by farmers aged 65 and older. These farms will likely be transferred to new ownership in the next decade and are at risk of being lost to real estate development. Ensuring that farmland stays in farming as it transfers ownership will be critical.
Farm families are challenged by the financial, personal and business complexities encountered when attempting to transfer farm ownership from one generation to the next.
For new and established farmers alike, access to affordable farmland is a key barrier to entry and business expansion. To address this challenge American Farmland Trust and Land for Good are offering Farmland Advisors: A Training Program About Farmland Access and Farm Transfers for professionals interested in more effectively assisting farmers and farmland owners as they seek access to land and navigate the complexity of farm transfers.
The two-year Farmland Advisors program is offering 80 participants across New York and New England progressive learning and networking opportunities, including webinars, a regional conference and peer-to-peer exchanges about farmland and farm transfer issues. Participants will learn about:
- Farm Transfer and Succession Planning
- Financial, Tax and Legal Issues in Farm Transfers
- Land Conservation as a Farm Transfer Strategy
- Farm Linking and Matching
- Farmland Leasing and Other Tenure Options
- Farmland Restoration
- Farmland Affordability Options
This project is supported by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the members of American Farmland Trust.