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Agricultural Land Tenure: A Curriculum for Beginning Farmers and Farmer Seekers

The purpose of this curriculum is to provide a structured approach for students and teachers in both academic and non-academic settings to study agricultural land tenure, and explore tenure alternatives and successful farm tenancy.

There are two modules. The first examines farm and ranch tenure, including less traditional approaches to address contemporary land acquisition challenges. Module Two focuses on tenancy and landlord-tenant relationships.

Water Quality Targeting Success Stories: How to Achieve Measurably Cleaner Water Through U.S. Farm Conservation Watershed Projects

This report shows how conservation leaders in six watershed-scale projects worked with farmers to implement priority conservation practices and to document the resulting water quality improvements. The report identifies key factors that led to success, including having the right partners to reach and educate farmers and to operate effective water quality monitoring programs.

Farm Succession Planning and ACEP-ALE

American Farmland Trust created this online tutorial about farm succession planning and the Agricultural Land Easements component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP-ALE). There are six parts to this series.

To select an individual part of the tutorial click the "Playlist" button in the upper lefthand corner on the tutorial video, or see the links provided below.

Food and Agriculture Sector-Specific Plan

Protecting the Nation's food and agricultural critical infrastructure is an important responsibility shared by Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector partners. Interruption of operations within the sector could have a potentially devastating impact on the Nation's public health and economy/ The security and resilience of infrastructure in the Food and Agriculture (FA) Sector requires all sector partners to undertake a number of integrated processes and procedures.

Model Code For Regulation Of On-Premise Signs

It is the intent of this Model Sign Code to provide municipalities with a means to both understand and regulate the use of on-premise signs within their jurisdictions. To this end, the Model has been designed to provide regulatory schemes for onpremise signs only, and does not include schemes for the regulation of off-premise outdoor advertising signs, frequently referenced as billboards. Unless otherwise noted, the word “sign” when used in this Model refers to an on-premise sign. 

Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems

Growing Local was written to help communities remove barriers and advance solutions to sustain local agriculture and strengthen community food systems. It draws upon extensive research of local governments from across the country which have successfully improved farm viability and protected farmland, facilitated infrastructure development and increased access to healthy and affordable food.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities

This guide was formulated in response to the recent growth in the number of new local food policy councils, with these food policy councils intended as our main audience. However, this toolkit should also be helpful to a wide range of individuals and groups— extending from nonprofits to city planners to local government agencies—interested in enacting change in their local food system.

Food Policy Council Report 2016

The 2016 Food Policy Council Report provides a summary of results from the 2016 Food Policy Council (FPC) survey, conducted annually since 2013, by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The purpose of the survey is to investigate trends among food policy councils across the United States and Canada. As demonstrated in the report, the number of FPCs (including food coalitions with similar names such as “food councils,” “collaboratives” and “networks”) are growing rapidly across North America.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Final Rule 2016 Webinar

On December 9, 2016, American Farmland Trust's Farmland Information Center hosted a webinar on the federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Final Rule.

The webinar includes a presentation of what has changed from the Interim Final Rule, as well as a Q&A with NRCS staff: Jessica Groves, National Easement Specialist; Jerome Faulkner, Acting National Agricultural Land Easement Manager; and Jeremy Stone, Acting Easement Support Services Branch Chief.

Preparing Farmers to Meet with Lenders

Most farmers need financial assistance for purchasing and/or operating their farms but they may be unfamiliar with what information they need to gather prior to actually meeting with the lender.

A little prior planning and preparation can make all the difference in both the amount of time the process takes and whether their loan is approved. In this webinar you will learn how to guide a farmer in preparing to meet with their lender.

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Infographics

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). These powerpoint slides provide infographics including data on:

  • Agricultural landowners
  • Number of principal owners
  • Acres of agricultural land owned and rented out by principal landlords
  • Farmland that could change hands in the next 20 years

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land Survey Talking Points

The Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey is a study of agricultural landowners—including non-operator landlords—conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey provides data about land ownership, income, expenses, debt, assets, landlord characteristics, and agricultural landowners’ land transfer plans.

Farm Legacy Workbook

The long-term health of a family farm has always depended on the wise stewardship of its resources. Succession planning is part of stewardship and preparation-and that's why the Farm Journal Legacy Project is devoted to helping farmers determine what will happen to their farm in the generations to come.

This practical workbook is designed to be both a catalyst for you to engage in the succession planning process and to help you start navigating the process. This workbook is specifically designed for individuals and families interested in:

Farm Succession Guidebook

In the pages that follow you will find a compilation of materials from professional sources assisting you in mapping out the complicated succession planning process. The Guidebook identifies key subjects involved in this process and  organizes the materials accordingly. In addition to articles and resources, you will also find some worksheets to help you gather your paperwork and think through your goals and wishes, as well as those of your family members.

The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices

The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. The Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments. Using real-world projects, experiences, and applied research, it provides grounded, credible, and useable assessment methods.

Farm Transfer and Business Succession

This presentation was given during the Working Lands Alliance (a project of American Farmland Trust) "Farm Succession Planning Workshop" on November 13, 2015, in New Milford, Connecticut. The Workshop was a cooperative effort with Land for Good, Friends of Happy Acres, the New Milford Farmland and Forest Preservation Committee, and the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension supported by a grant from USDA/NIFA under Award number 2012-49200-20031 through Northeast Extension Risk Management Education.

Consideracíones fundamentales en un plan de traspaso de una granja entre miembros de una familia

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about farm transfer planning. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Fundamental Considerations in Family Farm Transfer Planning

This fact sheet provides basic information about farm transfer planning. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

En busca de la nueva generación para su granja

Planning for the future of your farm is never easy, and it has unique challenges when there is not an identified next generation. There are many causes for not having a next generation identified. Perhaps, you didn’t have children or your kids aren't interested in coming home to the farm. But, it is possible to successfully find someone that is right for your farm. This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, describes a series of steps to take to help you develop a farm transfer strategy and position your farm to have a next generation.

Propietarios de tierra agrícola: El alquier de su tierra a un granjero

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information for agricultural landowners about leasing land to a farmer. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Alquiler de granjas: Propietarios y arrendatarios de granjas exitosos

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about leasing farmland. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Acceso a tierra agrícola: Lo básico

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about farmland access. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Elementos de un buen contrato de arriendo de una granja

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about the elements of a good farm lease. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Determinando los precios de alquiler en tierras arrendadas

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about determining rental rates on leased farmland. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Finding the Next Generation for Your Farm

Planning for the future of your farm is never easy, and it has unique challenges when there is not an identified next generation. There are many causes for not having a next generation identified. Perhaps, you didn’t have children or your kids aren't interested in coming home to the farm. But, it is possible to successfully find someone that is right for your farm. This fact sheet describes a series of steps to take to help you develop a farm transfer strategy and position your farm to have a next generation.

Farmland Owners: Leasing Your Land to a Farmer

This fact sheet provides basic information for agricultural landowners about leasing land to a farmer. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Farm Leasing: Success for Landlords and Tenants

This fact sheet provides basic information about leasing farmland. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Farmland Access: The Basics

This fact sheet provides basic information about farmland access. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Elements of a Good Farm Lease

This fact sheet provides basic information about the elements of a good farm lease. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Determining Rental Rates on Leased Farmland

This fact sheet provides basic information about determining rental rates on leased farmland. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Guía de servidumbres de conservación para nuevos granjeros

This fact sheet, translated here in Spanish, provides basic information about conservation easements. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Beginning Farmers' Guide to Conservation Easements

This fact sheet provides basic information about conservation easements. It is one in a collection of fact sheets produced as part of American Farmland Trust's Farmland Advisors project which created and trained a network of 80 professionals to provide guidance to farmers and farmland owners. Topics include: transitioning land to the next generation, finding a farmer to work the land, and matching farm seekers with farm owners.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program–Agricultural Land Easements

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is a voluntary federal conservation program implemented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that protects agricultural land and conserves wetlands. The program has two enrollment options: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). ACEP–ALE provides matching funds to eligible entities to buy conservation easements on farm and ranch land. This fact sheet provides information about ACEP–ALE implementation and final allocations to states by fiscal year. 

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