Our farms and ranches throughout the west are going to see a huge generational shift in the coming decade. U.S. farmland is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of older farmers--nearly two-thirds of farmland is currently managed by someone over 55. (quote from NYFC report based on USDA ERS report)
Transitioning farmland, and a business, is no easy task. The stories we all too often hear are about the loss of farms. But beginning in January 2019, Rogue Farm Corps will highlight real stories of how transitioning land from one generation to the next, is possible. We aren’t going to sugar coat these stories - transition planning is a difficult process, dealing with some of life’s hardest questions. There’s a lot of lessons to be learned, and a wealth of inspiration, from those who have carved this path.
Rogue Farm Corps is an Oregon based nonprofit that trains and equips the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on education and the preservation of farmland. The Changing Hands Stories series will run in the Capital Press, both online and in print. Stories will include a variety of agricultural operations from the Pacific Northwest, from inspirational stories of farm land transition, that may include working lands easements and conservation incentives as part of the solution, to highlighting skilled aspiring farmers and ranchers who are ready and able to take over a business.
If you are seeking land, transferring land, or conserving land in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, see Rogue Farm Corps’ Changing Hands Resources Page.
If you have a story you’d like to share, or questions about the resources, contact Nellie McAdams, nellie @ roguefarmcorps.org or call 541-951-5105.