Category: Research

Support for farm succession planning & land access in the Berkshires

Berkshire County, Massachusetts has a rich history of agriculture. Today it supports a huge diversity of farms from large, multi-generational dairy farms to small, urban vegetable operations, as well as farmers markets, farm stands, and many farm-focused events.  But conditions in Berkshire County call for increased attention to farmland access and transfer. An aging farmer […]

Helping keep Vermont’s farmland in active farming

It is estimated as many as 300 Vermont farms may change hands over the next five years as farmers scale back and transition from farming. At the same time, affordable access to farmland is a serious barrier for new farmers or those seeking to grow and expand their business. And, farmland that could be accessed […]

New published research explores effectiveness of farm link services

With more and more farmers not having a family member interested in continuing the farm, the biggest obstacle to a farm transfer is often simply the ability of owners and seekers to find each other. Over the past 30 years, programs and policies have been introduced to help farmers successfully transfer their farms by connecting […]

Farm link programs share what works & make improvements at national clinic

  Making connections! So many great stories came out of the National Farm Link Clinic. It was great to share and learn together. Such amazing programs helping farmers!  Nationally, over 50 farm link programs deliver a range of services to help connect farm seekers with exiting farmers and non-farming landowners. Representatives from 26 farm link […]

Most exiting farmers in New England may have no one to take over the farm, new study shows

Editor’s Note: See where this got picked up in the news in over 40 articles at Nearly 30% of New England’s farmers are likely to exit farming in the next 10+ years, and 9 out of 10 of them are farming without a young farmer alongside. This is according to new analysis of U.S. Census […]

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