AFT’s research shows that 371 million acres—more than 40% of American farmland and ranchland—will change hands over the next 15 years. This massive transfer of farm real estate from one generation to the next offers one of the greatest threats to farmland, if these farms are sold to real estate developers.  Or potentially one of the best opportunities for new farmers looking for land.

AFT’s national Farm Legacy initiative works to ensure that land remains in farming as it transitions to the next generation while improving access to land for new farmers—honoring the nation’s farming and ranching legacy and securing its future. The comprehensive initiative leverages AFT’s unique position as the only national organization that focuses on farmland and ranchland and the people who steward it.

For more information about AFT’s Farm Legacy initiative, contact Jerry Cosgrove at or (518) 281-5074.