October 29, 2018

Seeking Succession vs Seeking Success

There’s a lot of talk about “succession” being tossed around in agriculture. It occurred to me that some people might not be quite sure what that term means, especially since we seem to have more than one kind of succession to talk about. Currently, a lot of the talk seems to be centered on business […]

March 26, 2018

Is There Drama in Farm/Ranch Land Transfer?

“It’s easier to talk to your children about sex than farmland transition.” – An Iowa farmer

January 29, 2018

Here Are the Ins and Outs of Farm Funding With Federal Loans

The National Young Farmers Coalition has just released a guidebook to Farm Service Agency loans that will have you walking through the bureaucracy with ease. The best part? It’s FREE. Get it here!

December 4, 2017

Baby Steps for Transitioning the Farm or Ranch

Are you a “senior” farmer or headed that direction, and wondering what retirement might look like, or IF there could be retirement? Here are a few steps to figuring out where to go that are especially helpful with family coming together for the Holidays.

September 11, 2017

Land Contracts: Owner Financing With a Twist

In the spirit of examining ways to acquire land through seller-financing, it is time to take a look at land contracts.  The land contract is a variation of the owner-financed sale, with both mechanisms being a way for a farmer-buyer to come to terms with an owner-seller, independent of third-party bank financing or complementary to […]

June 26, 2017

Growing Farmers With Internships and Apprenticeships – Part 2

Thanks to the CSA Solutions Hub for sharing this article by Alex. While it was originally written for CSA oriented farmers, the principles are just as true for all farmers and ranchers hoping to work with interns. If you didn’t see Part 1, here it is. Learning – Patience Is a Virtue We’re always struck […]

June 19, 2017

Growing Farmers With Internships and Apprenticeships – Part 1

Thanks to the CSA Solutions Hub for sharing this article by Alex. While it was originally written for CSA oriented farmers, the principles are just as true for all farmers and ranchers hoping to work with interns. I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of direct-market farmers started as interns or apprentices on […]

May 29, 2017

How Sap Bush Hollow Farm Meets the Challenge of Cooperating Across Generations

Farming should be about making way for the next generation, as well as serving the needs of the present.

January 23, 2017

The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, Part 2

Agreements are an important to your success building your enterprise. Here’s what’s worked for Ryan Sexson in Nebraska.

January 16, 2017

The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, (Part 1)

Ryan Sexson shares how his family is building their future by working with others to think differently about transferring a farm/ranch to the next generation.

January 9, 2017

Changes to CRP Program Make it Easier to Transfer Land to the Next Generation

Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts in order to make it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members. Normally if a landowner terminates a CRP contract early, they are required […]

December 5, 2016

Conservation Easements FAQs

Conservation easements are a way to protect open lands such as farms and ranches, wildlife habitats, historic and cultural sites, and scenic vistas from development, while keeping them in private ownership. Conservation easements are flexible to meet the needs of the landowner, protect private property rights while providing compensation to landowners, and can be a […]

November 28, 2016

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeships Are Great for Beginning and Established Farmers

For centuries, skilled trades have used apprenticeships to train the next generation and ensure that everyone meets standards that are good for the trade and good for the customers being served. Now Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is using this model to help new farmers entering the world of dairy production, and to support established farmers as […]

July 4, 2016

Sage Grouse Save Ranches

Usually ranchers worry problems that could be caused by a threatened or endangered species on or near their operations. But in this case, a species being considered for listing helped ranchers ensure their land would always stay in agriculture.

June 27, 2016

Easy Questions for Farm Succession

It’s a tough topic, but a good one to get started on, maybe by thinking about these 10 questions. Maybe you can just stick them on your refrigerator as a first step. 🙂

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