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.

Planning the Future of Your Farm (Virginia Edition)
A workbook supporting farm transfer decisions. Created and edited by Robert Andrew Branan, Attorney for the Virginia Department of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University. Please ensure you seek professional input for your state of residence in regards to information that changes across state borders, i.e. tax information.

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.

Children as Partners
An honest evaluation to know if this is a possibility for the farm.

Conservation Alternatives
Voluntary conservation easement options for your farm.

Developing Your Agreement
Items to include in your business agreement

Family Farm Questionnaire
Items to consider as you consider transfer of the farm.

Harmony Test
Questionnaire to evaluate areas which may need work.

Items to have in place to assist with hiring.

Orderly Exit
Items to consider as you consider exiting farming.

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

Retirement Planning
Items to consider while planning for retirement.

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