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Gaining Insights, Gaining Access Webinar: Lessons Learned From Senior Farmers Without Successors

On November 23 and 24, 2015, American Farmland Trust and Land For Good hosted two Webinars to discuss the results of our Gaining Insights, Gaining Access project.

This is the second Webinar in a series intended for land conservation organizations, agricultural service providers and policymakers. We hope they will help inform services, programming and policies around farm succession, transfer planning and land access.

Gaining Insights, Gaining Access Webinar: Using New Data To Inform Farm Transfer and Land Access

On November 23 and 24, 2015, American Farmland Trust and Land For Good hosted two Webinars to discuss the results of our Gaining Insights, Gaining Access project.

This is the first Webinar in a series intended for land conservation organizations, agricultural service providers and policymakers. We hope they will help inform services, programming and policies around farm succession, transfer planning and land access. 

Transferring the Family Farm: What Worked, What Didn’t, for 10 New Jersey Families

The purpose of this booklet is to provide farm families with information and ideas to consider as they evaluate their own situations and embark on their own transfer processes. The booklet features 10 real-life farm transfer case profiles that describe the successes, challenges, resources and learning experiences of New Jersey farm families. 

Guide to Farming in New York State

This guide is comprised of a series of individual fact sheets addressing topics pertinent to planning and operating a farm business. It is not enterprise specific. Rather it addresses topics common to operating a farm business in New York State.

The fact sheets are updated annually. Visit Cornell Unviersity's Northeast Beginning Farmers Project Web site below for the most recent version.

 

FarmStart

In 2005, Farm Credit East initiated a program to support talented, hardworking individuals entering agriculture. FarmStart assists beginning farmers and new cooperatives through their startup years by providing working capital investments of up to $50,000 to get their business off the ground. The investment functions the same as an operating line of credit. It is intended to provide the critical last dollar of funding to overcome the timing mismatch that makes it difficult for true startup farming operations to generate working capital. Repayment of these funds is up to five years.

Leasing Farmland in New Jersey: A Guide for Landowners and Farmers

In New Jersey, landowners and farmers have the same questions when it comes to making their land available or seeking access to available land. What do I need to think about and consider? How long should the lease be? What provisions should it include? How much should the rental rate be? And what are the motivations and interests of the other party?

New Jersey Farm Link Program

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Farm Link Program serves as a resource and referral center for new farmers, farmers seeking access to land and farming opportunities, landowners seeking farmers, and farmers working on estate and farm transfer plans. The program’s linking service and resource pages provide support for all farmers, both new and established.

Agricultural Smart Growth Plan for New Jersey

While farmland preservation may be the cornerstone of the Agricultural Smart Growth Plan, the future of New Jersey agriculture in an expanding, worldwide market also depends upon innovative planning techniques, economic development, natural resource conservation, and programs and policies to sustain a viable industry. These five components make up the Agricultural Smart Growth Plan and are inextricably linked.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

The mission of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is to build a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for the region. They organize, support, and mobilize a 12-state network of organizations and individuals to ensure the strategic impact of a collective voice as they take action toward common goals. Their work strengthens and coordinates the work of hundreds of other organizations by building synergy among them and aligning resources to achieve systemic change at all levels.

State Strategic Plan: New Jersey's State Development and Redevelopment Plan

The 2012 State Strategic Plan (the Plan) is New Jersey’s revised and readopted State Development and Redevelopment Plan designed to meet the statutory charges of the State Planning Act. The overall goal of the Plan is to guide future growth by balancing development and conservation objectives best suited to meet the needs of New Jersey.

Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach - State and Regional Planning

This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust -- Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.

State and Regional Planning, November 15
Presenters include Alison Hastings, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC); Brian Williams, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); and Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VJSF).

Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes

Despite the widespread adoption of smart growth principles, there has been little systematic assessment of their effectiveness or consequences. To fill this need, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy collaborated with 14 of the country’s leading public policy researchers and planners to measure performance in four states with statewide smart growth programs (Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Oregon) and performance in four states without such programs (Colorado, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia).

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