To Support Farm and Ranch Transfers to Next-Generation Producers: Educate Landowners' Advisors about Opportunities to Transfer to a Next-Generation Farm/Ranch Seeker

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2016: $199,566.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2019
Grant Recipient: Indiana University
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Dr. James Farmer
Indiana University
Dr. Julia Valliant
Indiana University
Findings of research whose aim was to assist farm link services in their efforts to facilitate farm/ ranch transfers between non-relatives. Farm/ranch transfers between unrelated parties are common: The majority of agricultural land is actually acquired from a non-relative, and 25% of transfers of farmland ownership are between non-relatives. In response, farm linking services, along with financial incentives, public policies, and other targeted programming, aim to support transfers of operations and/or ownership between unrelated farm/ranch owners and farm/ranch seekers. Studies demonstrate the need for a substantial personnel resource to assist farm and ranch owners with farm transfers, and farm/ranch seekers with gaining secure land tenure. Many services to assist land owners in transferring a farm or ranch are designed to serve owners directly. As an additional strategy, some program leaders suggest targeting programming to the professional advisors of farm/ranch owners. This summary presents highlights.
Fact Sheet
Julia Valliant, Indiana University
Kathryn Ruhf, Land For Good
James Farmer, Indiana University
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.