​Farmland for the Next Generation

Helping Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Secure Affordable Farmland

Success for the next generation of farmers and ranchers depends on whether they can secure suitable land to start and expand their operations. Farmland for the Next Generation is American Farmland Trust's nationwide initiative to address this critical issue.

American Farmland Trust is partnering with the nation's leading experts in land access and farmland transition to serve as an Educational Enhancement Team. Together, we will evaluate and develop curriculum and resources related to farmland transition, identifying, renting and purchasing arable land. We will train a core group of agricultural educators and service providers and build a network to support beginning farmers and ranchers as they sort through the financial, legal and technical challenges of gaining access to land.

2017 Class of Land Access Trainers Selected!

In June 2017, American Farmland Trust selected 24 experienced agricultural educators and service providers from across the country to serve as the inaugural class of Land Access Trainers. More than 100 applications were received and trainers were selected through a competitive process. In this role, these trainers will be responsible for testing and delivering a new national curriculum to help beginning farmers and ranchers secure land from retiring farmers and ranchers as well as institutional and non-operating landowners.

To learn more about this talented, passionate and diverse group of professionals who help beginning farmers and ranchers gain access to land, check out the 2017 Land Access Trainer Directory.

American Farmland Trust hosted the kick-off gathering for LATs on June 12 and 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with Changing Lands, Changing Handsa national land tenure conference—to initiate our network and vet an early draft of the outcome-based curriculum.

Please direct questions about Farmland for the Next Generation to the project leaders:

  • Julia Freedgood, Assistant Vice President of Programs, jfreedgood@farmland.org or 413-586-9330 x11 
  • Jennifer Dempsey, Director of the Farmland Information Center, jdempsey@farmland.org or 413-586-9330 x13

Visit American Farmland Trust's Farmland Information Center website for resources for beginning farmers and ranchers. 

Farmland for the Next Generation is supported by a 4-year Educational Enhancement grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Award# 2015-70017-23901.

This project is also supported by Farm Credit. Farm Credit is a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations that provide loans and other services to agriculture and rural communities.