Farm Transitions: Resources

Agricultural Conservation Easements

Farmland Protection Directory. Farmland Information Center, American Farmland Trust.
www.farmlandinfo.org/directory

Land Trust Alliance. Online database of state, local, and national land trusts in the United States.
http://findalandtrust.org/

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation easement programs. www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements

Beginning Farmer Financial Planning

Ag Decision Maker. Iowa State University.
http://extension.iastate.edu/agdm

Beginning Farmer Resources. Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA).
https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/local_food/startup.html

ATTRA Series:

• Agricultural Business Planning Templates and Resources - RL042

• Basic Accounting: Guidance for Beginning Farmers - IP443

• Evaluating a Farming Enterprise - IP041

• Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers - IP420

• Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland - IP349

• Planning for Profit in Sustainable Farming - IP419

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing A Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses. Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.
www.misa.umn.edu/Publications/BuildingaSustainableBusiness/index.htm

Fearless Farm Finances. Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
http://mosesorganic.org/farming/farm-finances/fearless-farm-finances/

Financing the Farm Operation. University of Minnesota Extension.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/components/DF7291.pdf

Beginning Farmer Courses

Farm Dreams, Land Stewardship Project.
http://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/farmdreams

Farm Beginnings, Land Stewardship Project.
http://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/farmbeginnings

Greenhorn Grazing Program, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/GHgrazingflyer.pdf

Journeyperson Farm Training Course. Land Stewardship Project.
http://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/lspfarmernetwork/lspjourneypersonfarmtrainingcourse

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy & Livestock Farmers, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
www.cias.wisc.edu/dairysch.html

Wisconsin Schools for Beginning Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Growers, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
www.cias.wisc.edu/category/education-and-training/school-for-beginning-market-growers/


Business Entities for Farm Transfer

Transitioning the Farm Business Series, University of Minnesota Extension.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/business/farm-transfer-estate-planning

Using Partnerships & Corporations to Transfer Farm Assets. Transferring the Farm Series #3, University of Minnesota Extension.
www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/components/M1177-3.pdf

Connecting Landowners and Farmers

FarmLink. State-by-state listing of farmer-landowner connection programs.
www.farmtransition.org/netwpart.html

The Land Connection.
http://thelandconnection.org/farmland/farmland-classifieds

MOSES Land Link-Up. Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.
http://mosesorganic.org/farming/land-link-up/

Seeking Farmers Seeking Land Clearinghouse. Land Stewardship Project.
http://landstewardshipproject.org/morefarmers/seekingfarmersseekinglandclearinghouse

US Farm Lease.
www.usfarmlease.com/


Contracts for Deed

Contract Land Sales. National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/farming-opportunities/contract-land-sales/

Frequently Asked Questions on Contracts for Deed in Minnesota.
Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG)
www.flaginc.org

Installment Sale Contracts for Beginning Farmers.
Partnership for America’s New Farmers. Drake University and Drake University Law School.
http://americasnewfarmers.org/installment-sale/

Land Contract Guarantee Program
. Farm Service Agency, USDA
www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=pfs&newstype=prfactsheet&type=detail&item=pf_20120120_farln_en_lcgrnt.html


Deed Restrictions

Conservation Easement vs. Deed Restriction. 2008. Land Trust Alliance Fact Sheet.
www.landtrustalliance.org/conservation/documents/CE-deed-restriction.pdf


Farm Transitions Programs

Beginning Farmer Center. Iowa State University.
www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/publications-and-webinars

Beginning Farmer & Rancher. Center for Rural Affairs.
http://www.cfra.org/beginning-farmer-rancher

International Farm Transition Network.
www.farmtransition.org/

Land For Good.
http://landforgood.org

Farm Transitions Network, Renewing the Countryside and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.
http://farmtransitions.org/

Sustainable Farm Lease, Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
http://sustainablefarmlease.org/

The Farm Transfer Network of New England.
www.farmtransfernewengland.net/

The Land Connection.
www.thelandconnection.org/


Farm Visioning

Whole Farm Planning and Goal-Setting Handbook, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. www.misa.umn.edu/Publications/WholeFarmPlanning/index.htm


Grazing Contracts

Contract Grazing. Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group.
http://greenlandsbluewaters.net/Perennial_Forage/contract.html


Landowner Resources

A Landowner’s Guide to Leasing Land for Farming Handbook. Land For Good.
http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Landowners-Guide-To-Leasing-To-A-Farmer-Handbook.pdf

Farmland Leasing for Private Landowners: A Short Guide. Land For Good.
http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Farmland-Leasing-Private-Landowners.pdf

Where Do I Start? Making My Land Available for Farming Guide. Land For Good.
http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Making-My-Land-Available-For-Farming-Guide.pdf

Women Caring for the Land Program. Women, Food and Agriculture Network.
www.wfan.org/our-programs/women-caring-for-the-landsm/

Land Valuation

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
http://www.asfmra.org/


Leases

Ag Lease 101. North Central Farm Management Extension Committee.
http://aglease101.org/

Examples & Form Leases. Sustainable Farm Lease, Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative.
http://sustainableaglandtenure.com/2010/06/form-leases/

Flexible Farm Lease Agreements. Ag Decision Maker, Iowa State University.
www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/wholefarm/pdf/c2-21.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions about Sustainable Long-Term Farm Leases. Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG).
www.flaginc.org

Leasing Farm Land in Minnesota. Farmers’ Legal Action Group.
www.flaginc.org/publication/leasing-farm-land-in-minnesota/

Sample Leases. Farmland Information Center, American Farmland Trust.
www.farmlandinfo.org/sampledocuments?field_sample_doc_category_tid=4192&field_topic_tid=All&field_state_tid=All

Sustainable Farm Lease.
A Project of the Sustainable Agricultural Land Tenure Initiative. Drake University and Drake University Law School.
www.sustainablefarmlease.org


Legal Issues

Farm Legal Series. University of Minnesota Extension.
www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/components/DF7291.pdf


Retiring Farmer Transition Planning

AgTransitions, Center for Farm Financial Management. Online planning tool. www.cffm.umn.edu/products/AgTransitions.aspx

Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions. Virginia Cooperative Extension.
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/446/446-610/446-610.html

Transferring the Farm Series, University of Minnesota Extension (10 Fact Sheets). www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/M1177.html

Estate Planning Series, University of Minnesota Extension (10 Fact Sheets).
www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/businessmanagement/M1178.html


Success Stories

Transfer Strategies for Beginning & Retiring Farmers. Center for Rural Affairs.
http://www.cfra.org/resources/beginning_farmer/success_stories


Trusts

Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool. Ag Decision Maker, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach.
www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/wholefarm/html/c4-59.html

Preparing to Transfer the Farm Business. Transferring the Farm Series #1, University of Minnesota Extension. www.cffm.umn.edu/publications/pubs/farmmgttopics/transferringthefarmseries.pdf


USDA Conservation Programs

Wetland Reserve Program
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/wetlands/

Grasslands Reserve Program
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/grassland

Healthy Forests Reserve Program
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/forests/

Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easements/farmranch/

Environmental Quality Incentive Program www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/eqip/

Conservation Stewardship Program
www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/

Conservation Reserve Program
www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp

Transition Incentive Program
www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=tipr