Succession / Transition

Iowa State University Extension Beginning Farmer Center
The Beginning Farmer Center provides information, education and consultation services to beginning and exiting farmers.

Planning the Future of Your Farm
A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions Planning the Future of Your Farm is a workbook for those families who want to keep their farmland in production and/or “in the family” as it passes to the next generation. The workbook is for those willing to commit the effort required to manage such a ongoing project. It has been updated and adapted for Pennsylvania from previous editions published from Georgia to Virginia. Feedback from families using earlier versions has been incorporated into this edition.

Ag Transitions (University of Minnesota)
AgTransitions helps farmers & ranchers develop a plan to transition their business to the next generation.

International Farm Transition Network (IFTN)
The goal of the network is to support programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Before You Transfer
Answer these questions honestly before you start the transfer process.

Business Transition Plan
Checklist of potential objectives to incorporate into the business transition plan.

Developing Your Agreement
Items to include in your business agreement

Harmony Test
Questionnaire to evaluate areas which may need work.

Parents as Partners
An honest evaluation of the possibility of partnering with parents.

Farm Succession Checklist
To achieve a successful farm succession, interested parties should actively communicate with one another. Conversations should necessarily take place between spouses, farming partners, the next generation, and relevant business planning professionals. This document is a list of questions that should be considered when engaging in the farm succession process. The "Farm Succession Checklist" was developed by PA Farm Link and the Penn State Center for Agriculture and Shale Law.

Purdue Article on Farm Transition

Who Will Get Grandpa's Farm?

As farm operators age, the question of farm transfer surfaces. Farm operators know they need to discuss the transfer with family members, but some families find it difficult to communicate because there are several issues that must be considered. This program presents three strategies for having a discussion about farm transfer.

Preserved Farms Resource Center

Preserved Farms Resource Center

It’s not enough to preserve Pennsylvania farmland – we need to ensure that future generations are ready and able to continue working our land. That is the mission of the new Preserved Farms Resource Center.
The center facilitates business succession and planning for Pennsylvania’s growing number of preserved farms, currently numbering over 5,000. It complements the work of the bureau and the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Land Preservation Board, which focuses on safeguarding the best farmland throughout the state that is under development pressure. The center focuses on providing support following the act of preservation. The center is focused on planning for estates, transition and succession, and farm viability and businesses by building teams of discussion facilitators, accountants, financial planners, lenders, conservation and nutrient management planners, and veterinarians who can provide expertise in the process.

Farm Journal Legacy Project
http://www.farmjournallegacyproject.com/

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program
https://www.farmlandinfo.org/sites/default/files/VFFVP-Guidelines-for-Transfer-and-Succession-Plans.pdf

Farmland Access-Financial Decision-Making Tool-Assessing Risk, Affordability, Readiness & Land Access Options
https://landstewardshipproject.org/repository/1/2681/farmland_access_tool_9_13_18.pdf

University of Maryland Farm Transition Resources
https://extension.umd.edu/agtransitions

Oklahoma State University Farm Transition Resources
http://agecon.okstate.edu/farmtransitions/   Oklahoma State University Farm Transition Resources

Land for Good
Welcome to Land For Good. Let's work together to get more farmers on more land in New England and beyond. Entire communities will benefit from increased farming opportunity, healthy lands and a more secure food supply. We hope our work inspires you. Get in touch!www.landforgood.org


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