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.