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Task Forces make big strides at LAP’s project midpoint

LAP2 task forces continue to focus on specific deliverables. All task forces are making big strides as we come up on the midpoint of the project period. Here’s a summary of task force outputs, progress and plans:

 

The Succession & Transfer Assistance Task Force unveiled the new Farm Transfer Network of New England website and has begun marketing this resource hub to new farm transfer providers who want to get listed in its searchable database.

Members developed and delivered a three-session Farm Succession School, that was conducted over two months in ME, VT and NH that assisted nine farm families.

The task force also developed the professional training for farm succession planning advisors this spring (see above). Engaging transitioning farmers to do planning remains a challenge. For more information, contact task force leader, Annette Higby at annette.higby [at] comcast.net.

 

The Listing and Linking Task Force formed the New England Farm Link Collaborative, comprised of the region’s linking programs. Together they host New England Farmland Finder, a regional farm property website they recently upgraded with improved, device-responsive functioning, and other features. They will also cross-post properties and collaborate on education and outreach.

The task force also conducted a survey of farm link program users, and their findings show that over 80% of seekers and over 60% of landowners find our linking programs’ search tools useful. For more information, contact task force leader, Ben Waterman at ben.waterman [at] uvm.edu.

 

The Tenure Innovations Task Force’s six committees are capturing, analyzing and sharing program and policy innovations in New England and nationally. The committees examine the evolution of agricultural easements, and the challenges around affordable farmer housing and urban land access. They focus on shared ownership models, paths to ownership and non-traditional partners, and hosted a convening focused on farmer and farm labor housing.

Using an evolving framework of tenure “buckets,” members are asking about the legal arrangements, how equity-building, security, affordability and stewardship are addressed, and how the risks and benefits are shared in various models. Advantages and disadvantages will be compared across the models which range from traditional to cutting-edge. For more information, contact task force leader, Bob Wagner at bwagner954 [at] yahoo.com.

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