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Toolbox for Farm Transfer Planning

Welcome to a toolbox for farmers and farm families who are planning for — or thinking about — farm succession and transfer. If you are in the beginning stages of thinking about retirement, looking for a successor, have an identified successor or are a part of a farm family in transition, this toolbox offers guides, worksheets, articles, and other resources to inform your decision-making and guide your planning for transferring your farm. Materials are most relevant to commercial farm succession and transfer in New England, but many may apply to other situations and geographies.

Resources are organized by topic:

Familiarize yourself with the farm transfer process – get your bearings with these short guides
Explore resources and strategies for successful farm transfers – consult these guides, handbooks, and workshops before making your plan
Learn from other succession journeys – read and watch farmer stories
Develop your farm transfer plan – examine your current situation, uncover your goals, draft a plan
Find advisors – gather your team
Post your farm property on farm link programs – create an effective property listing to share widely

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Familiarize yourself with the farm transfer process

  • LFG-Favicon The Farm Transfer Process.
    One-page diagram outlining the steps in the process of passing a farm from one generation or owner to another.
  • LFG-Favicon Where Do I Start? Transferring the Farm.
    Uncover what you already know, consider the bigger picture, and get ready to take action with this helpful guide.
  • LFG-Favicon Passing It On.
    Informative article about the farm transfer process. Journal of Northeast Agriculture Farming Magazine (Sept. 2013).
  • Transferring the Farm video series.
    Short videos on many topics related to farm succession and transfer, including case studies. University of Vermont.

Explore resources and strategies for successful farm transfers

Learn from other succession journeys

Develop your farm transfer plan

  • Planning the Future of Your Farm.
    Hands-on workbook for assessing your situation, evaluating assets and income, and preparing an estate plan. Virginia Cooperative Extension.
  • AgTransitions.
    Interactive website where you can create your own farm succession plan, share with family and advisors, and learn as you go. Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota.
  • Your Farmland and the Future: Setting Goals, Taking Action.
    A friendly combination of information, stories and exercises for farm families. Teresa Opheim, Practical Farmers of Iowa.
  • Farm Succession Checklist.
    Questions to consider in four steps. Pennsylvania Farm Link.

Find advisors

  • LFG-Favicon Farm Transfer Network of New England.
    Website listing advisors such as attorneys, financial planners and land use professionals, searchable by New England state and topic area.
  • Mediation services for farm succession.
    State directory of no-cost or low-cost programs that offer dispute resolution through mediation to agricultural producers. USDA Agricultural Mediation Program.
  • Legal Food Hub.
    A free service that connects eligible farmers and food businesses to volunteer attorneys in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Post your farm property on farm link programs

    Free website to post or search for farm properties for sale or lease, covering all six New England states. New England Farm Link Collaborative.
  • LFG-Favicon New England Farm Link Program Guide.
    Explains New England’s four farm link programs (Vermont Land Link, Maine Farm Link, Connecticut Farm Link and New England Farmland Finder) and what they offer.
  • LFG-Favicon How to Create Effective Online Property Postings for Farm Link Websites.
    Guide for landowners to create accurate and appealing online farm property postings specifically focusing on how to convey information most relevant for farmers.
  • New England Farm Link Collaborative.
    Collaborative that builds awareness, farmer and landowner readiness, and connections among farm seekers, farmers and landowners of all types in all New England states. Connecticut Farm Link, Maine Farm Link, Land For Good, Vermont Land Link.

Looking for more? Dig deeper with these additional resources.

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