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Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Pennsylvania Farm Link, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to the mission of creating farming opportunities for the next generation; with the goal of ensuring farmlands such as these stay in farming. This is accomplished through an online database. Seeking farm land?Click here.Want someone to take over your farm?Click here.Don’t know where to start with your farm transition/succession plan?Click here.Looking for farm business resources?Check out Resource Central.
It is a daunting task. However, Pennsylvania Farm Link’s goal is to serve Pennsylvania agriculture and ensure the 4.2 million acres of Pennsylvania lands remain in agriculture production for many years.
There will be two farm transition/succession workshops this fall. The workshops are designed to help farm business owners and family members who want to have a succession/transition plan for their farm. These workshops will solidify what you'd like to see happen to your farm while evaluating financial feasibility, legal considerations and management concerns.
To register and learn more, click here.
The International Farm Transition Network will hold its annual meeting on October 5th in Ithaca, NY. The goal of the network is to support programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The annual conference provides opportunities for programs and individuals to share information, strengthen existing programs, and help to establish new programs that assist people to begin a career in agriculture, particularly by addressing farm access.
Following the annual meeting, the IFTN will be offering its Certified Farm Succession Coordinator Training October 6th-8th. The training will be led by John Baker, Attorney at Law with the Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.During the training participants will learn about: Farm Business Succession Planning: Process, Parts and Problems, Family Communication, and the Role and Duties of the Coordinator and the Responsibilities of the Parties. Case studies and role play activities will allow participants
New York FarmLink and Pennsylvania FarmLink are co-sponsors of this program.
Registration for the Certified Farm Succession Coordinator Training will be limited to the first 25 people.Lunch and materials are included in the $750 registration.Registration for the IFTN annual meeting will cover lunch. Registration for one or both events can be completed through the PA Farm Link website. Registration deadline has been extended to October 2.
The IFTN meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday October 5th with lunch.The meeting will carry over to Tuesday, adjourning at 11 a.m.The “Certified Farm Succession Coordinator Training“ will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October6th and run through the afternoon of October 8th.
Room rates are $109.95/night plus tax and includes breakfast.Reservations may be made by calling the Ramada Inn at 607-257-3100 by September 18th and mention CGIFTN for the group rate.
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