New Toolkit for Farmland Owners Transitioning to the Next Generation
How to transition farms and farmland from existing farmers to the new generation of farmers is a challenge facing all who work in agriculture. It is often the case that the children of current farmers do not want to take over the family farm. But there are many beginning farmers who do want to farm, and among their many needs is secure and fair access to farmland. A group of partners—led by Land Stewardship Project and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and guided by a steering committee that included FLAG—put together a valuable Farm Transitions Toolkit. The Toolkit is full of practical advice and guidance, and includes two FLAG Fact Sheets:
- Frequently Asked Questions on Contracts for Deed in Minnesota
- Frequently Asked Questions on Sustainable & Long-Term Leases in Minnesota
This Farm Transitions Toolkit was developed through a collaborative project involving Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Farmers’ Legal Action Group and ATTRA. Its development was guided by individuals representing a number of organizations. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-03107. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers, visit www.Start2Farm.gov, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.