Existing Farmers and Farmland Owners
The decision about what to do with one's farmland is an important one to make. Many farmers and farmland owners are faced with the challenge of providing for their retirement and their heirs, while insuring that their land is kept both in the family and in farm production.
Why Florida FarmFinder, a farm succession program?
Florida has a rich agricultural tradition. An ideal climate makes Florida the leader in many crops. However, Florida's agricultural legacy could be at risk as farmlands change ownership and many families no longer have a next generation of farmers to continue farming the land. The Florida FarmFinder aims to retain productive farmlands by connecting farmers.
Additional Resources for Landowners
Estate Planning/Farm Transfer
- Estate planning publication by Iowa State University Extension
- Who will get grandpa’s farm? A farm transition guide created by Purdue University
- Forestland transition planning by Oregon State University
- Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate? A guide to passing on personal belongings created by University of Minnesota extension
- Pennsylvania State University: So You Have Inherited a Farm
- Great list of resources for finding loans and grants from BeginningFarmers.org, as well as information on the types of grants
- Farm Credit
- USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Programs
- University of Florida/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises List of Agriculture Loans and Grants
Learn how help farmers and landowners protect the character of their property and plan for its future.
View this inspiring and informative video by Former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay, who is also a member of CTF's Advisory Board. He talks about the importance of protecting wildlife corridors and protecting land for conservation. Video is by the University of Florida, IFAS as part of the Springs Protection Workshop in May 2012 (11 minutes).