Owners of farmland who are looking to transition their enterprise to the next generation of farmers can now turn to the Farm Transitions Toolkit, a comprehensive resource released today by the Land Stewardship Project and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.\r\n
Craig Murphy, 58, brushes the dust off an aerial photo of his farm from the late 1980s. He sets it on his kitchen table in the home that five generations of Murphys have grown up in near the west-central Minnesota community of Morris and uses his finger to draw a map on it.
With any luck, a young farmer shouldn\\\'t need it -- luck that is -- to access land. Mary Ellen Frame, 77, is a retired farmer in Northfield, Minn., and she and the two young farmers she has helped get established describe their farming relationship as one in which each of them got extremely lucky.
PLAINVIEW, Minn. — Dean Harrington recalls the phone call he received one evening at the bank. It was a dairy farmer from Nebraska calling to see if there were any farms for sale in the Plainview area. \"We\'ve heard it\'s a good farm town,\" the woman told Harrington. In the area she farmed in, the infrastructure was gone. The creameries closed. There wasn\'t a veterinarian close by. The bankers didn\'t know what they were talking about.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Negotiating a farm transition can be a difficult task and sometimes it helps to have a coach along the way. Lou Anne Kling has been a farm transition coach in many ways since the 1980s when she first developed the Minnesota Farm Advocate Program.
MANKATO, Minn. — Established farm families sometimes shy away from writing a farm transition plan because they fear it means they will have to stop farming when it\'s implemented. Nothing could be further from the truth. Farm families need to put a plan in place to protect the legacy they\'ve built and want to continue,
ST. PAUL — There are programs available through state and federal sources to help beginning farmers gain access to capital.
WHEELER, Wis. — Caleb and Lauren Langworthy approached their farm dream like race–car drivers. They assembled a pit crew who could help them get moving and who were invested in seeing them succeed. The process was multifaceted and, at times, almost
DES MOINES —The Iowa Finance Authority\'s Agricultural Development Division has a variety of tools to assist beginning farmers trying to obtain enough capital to start farming, said Steve Ferguson, ag program specialist. IADD, established in 1980, was the first program of its kind in the country, Ferguson said. There are 19 states that have patterned beginning farmer programs after Iowa which has the largest program in the country. Operating expenses for the IADD are derived from modest application and service fees paid by program participants as well as interest from a trust fund. It receives no state dollars.
Ryan Batalden grew up on farmland in southwest Minnesota that was given to his family during the homesteading acts of the late 1800s.
HOUSTON, Minn. — Joan Redig knows a thing or two about how difficult it is to find land. She and her husband, Wayne Purtzer, purchased a piece of property in Houston County in 1999.
LAMBERTON, Minn. — Ryan Batalden grew up on farmland in southwest Minnesota that was awarded to his family during the homesteading acts of the late 1800s. When he returned to Lamberton to become a fifth–generation Batalden farmer, his experience with land