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Helping Maine’s real estate professionals connect with commercial farm buyers

Long Cove Farm of Pembroke, ME
photo credit: Maine Farmland Trust

To improve the conditions under which many aspiring, beginning and established farmers seek land, Land For Good continues to conduct a training course aimed to better connect real estate professionals and prospective buyers of farm properties with commercial agriculture potential.

Many beginning and aspiring farmers turn first to MLS (multiple listing services) when embarking on a farm property search, and often end up frustrated and discouraged. So too, many real estate professionals in New England have a sincere interest in seeing working farms stay in production, though few are conversant about how to market farms or farmland with commercial potential.

The biggest challenge for real estate professionals working with commercial farm properties is total knowledge of this property – and what brings value as an existing farm,” said one agent.

Hear from our expert field agents, who are also experienced farmers.

Jo Barrett, Maine Field Agent

Mike Ghia, Vermont Field Agent

The training course was successfully piloted in Vermont in 2015, and replicated twice in NH in 2016. The program has been well received by the nearly 100 real estate professionals who have taken the course so far.

Working with Maine Farmland Trust and Maine Farms Realty, Land For Good will present this next training course at the University of Maine, Hutchinson Center, on April 20, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:30pm. Maine’s real estate professionals will receive tools and resources to best describe farm property to potential farm buyers, such as soils, field acreage, buildings and infrastructure, as well as water and forest resources; discover legal and tax issues relevant to farm properties; explore farm financing options; understand conservation easements; and how to find state and regional “land linking” programs.

This course is eligible for 3 hours of continuing education credits from Maine Real Estate Commission. Course fee is $30. Registration is required. To learn more or register for this training course in Maine, visit the Education page at midcoastrealtors.com. Members can register online or non-Realtor members can register via email to melanie@midcoastrealtors.com.

This class originated from our work with farmers over the years,” says Mike Ghia, LFG Vermont Field Agent, “as well as property owners and real estate agents. When looking beyond the house to the land and farm infrastructure there were some gaps there that we can help fill.”

Watch for more training sessions across the region. Contact us to learn more or to partner on a training session in your area. Email us at info[at]landforgood.org.

LFG designed the original course with help from our friends at UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Vermont Land Trust

This course was developed and delivered with support from The John Merck Fund and Cedar Tree Foundation. Sponsored by Farm Credit East.

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