Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Training

Success for the next generation of farmers and ranchers depends on whether they can secure suitable land to start and expand their businesses.



Thanks to the support of an Educational Enhancement grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and Farm Credit Council, AFT cultivated Farmland for the Next Generation to address the challenges of secure land tenure for beginning producers. AFT partnered with the nation’s leading experts in land access and farmland transition to serve as an Educational Enhancement Team to develop a comprehensive Land Access Trainer curriculum that enhances beginning farmers’ and ranchers’ practical knowledge and the skills needed to secure land tenure.

 

Our approach focuses on what people need to be able to do, not just on what they need to know. It addresses three paths to land access: leasing, purchasing, and receiving land through inheritance or gift. 

AFT's Land Access Training Curriculum

Farmland for the Next Generation

Read our Course Outcome and Summary to preview the curriculum. The entire course will be available soon! Contact LAT@farmland.org for updates on the final release.

Working with an external evaluator and curriculum designer, AFT assessed existing curricula and resources and developed a comprehensive curriculum to give beginning farmers and ranchers the practical knowledge and skills they need to gain access to land and secure land tenure. We have delivered the curriculum to a core group of agricultural educators and service providers who have piloted the material with over 1000 beginners across the country. These trainers represent a nationwide network to support beginning farmers and ranchers as they sort through the financial, legal, and technical challenges of gaining access to land.

Find a Land Access Trainer in your Area

AFT trained experienced agricultural educators and service providers from across the country to serve as Land Access Trainers to advise beginning farmers and ranchers on their land access decision-making. These trainers represent a nationwide network to support beginning farmers and ranchers as they sort through the financial, legal, and technical challenges of gaining access to land.

Land Access Trainers

Land Access Workshops

Land Access workshops are categorized into two focus areas. Our Beginning Farmer and Rancher workshops are geared toward producers looking for land while Train the Trainer workshops are built for the agriculture service providers who in turn help beginners navigate the terrain of land tenure.

Thank you to the supporters of this project

The “Farmland for the Next Generation” curriculum and this Training Manual were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Award # 2015-70017-23901. Special thanks to the Farm Credit Contributions Program, Farm Credit East, and Farm Credit-Mid America for their generous cash and in-kind contributions, and to the members of American Farmland Trust.