Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture.
7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Pennsylvania Farm Link is a non-profit organization dedicated to “linking farmers to the future”.
PFL accomplishes their mission two ways, through an online database and by offering educational workshops for landowners and beginning farmers.
The PA Farm Link online land linking database matches landowners with perspective entering farmers. Entering farmers are looking for land to establish their business; landowners are seeking someone to lease or purchase their farm and desire the land remain in farming. Through Pennsylvania Farm Link’s database, both goals may be met. This process positively impacts Pennsylvania Agriculture as well as economic and business and industry throughout the Commonwealth.
Workshops: Beginning Farmer workshops provide resources and information on starting an agricultural business as well as introduce new farmers to established farmers in their area. PA Farm Link seeks to paint a realistic picture of farming and encourages them to research and gain experience in farming as they develop a business plan. To succeed in any business, you need to be prepared.
Farm Succession/Transition workshops offer participants an opportunity to explore various aspects of creating a farm succession plan from financial challenges, to legal aspects, to communication challenges within a farm family. Certified transition facilitators are available to discuss farm business succession planning.
To explore the online database, click on either the “Find a Farm” or “Find a Farmer” to view available listings. To submit an application as a “Landowner/Farmer” or as an “Entering or New Farmer”, click on “For Landowners” or “For Farmers” below. Once payment is made and the application is submitted, your application will be reviewed and a representative from PA Farm Link will contact you regarding your listing.
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