Reducing the loss of farmland to development and keeping farmers on the land—two key objectives of American Farmland Trust—are front and center in the new Farmland Advisors program developed by the New York State and New England offices of American Farmland Trust. Farmland is often vulnerable to development when it transfers from one owner to the next, and with nearly 25 percent of the farmland in the seven-state region owned by farmers aged 65 and older,
millions of acres and thousands of farms are likely to change hands in the next two decades. For new and established farmers alike, access to affordable farmland is also a key barrier to entry and business expansion, so helping farmers find the land they need will be critical to growing a new generation of farmers and keeping current farms profitable.
To address these challenges American Farmland Trust and Land for Good are offering Farmland Advisors: A Training Program About Farmland Access and Farm Transfers. Designed for agricultural service providers and land conservation staff interested in keeping farmland in farming, this training program will offer learning and networking opportunities for professionals working with farmers and farmland owners on farmland access and farm transfer strategies.
Eighty agricultural professionals from across New York and New England were selected to participate in Farmland Advisors, a new training program on farm transfer and farmland access options.
Participants include Cooperative Extension educators, land trust staff, agricultural service providers and other professionals working with farmers and farmland owners. The program is offering 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
Read testimonials from some of the 80 partcipants in the Farmland Advisors program [PDF]
Download more information about the Farmland Advisors program [PDF]
Press Release: Next Generation of Northeast Farmers to Benefit from Projects that Facilitate Farmland Transition (October 9, 2012)
Press Release: 80 Northeast Agricultural Professionals Selected for Farmland Advisors Training Program (January 8, 2013)
This project is supported by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, and the members of American Farmland Trust.