Land Link Services


How can new f​armers get onto land if they don’t have much capital and there’s no land in the family? Land Link connects new and retiring farmers for farm transitions that benefit everyone involved.

Land Link is an opportunity for beginning farmers and ranchers and established landowners to work together to secure their farming futures. These relationships benefit both parties, and they secure the future of American small family farms.

There are many programs across the country that help prospective and established farmers and ranchers find each other, develop relationships, and get assistance with land or business transfer. For more information on the benefits of and ideas behind linking programs, click here.

The Center's Land Link program brings together beginning farmers and established landowners and offers consulting services to facilitate farm transitions.


Listings

Click here to see our current list of landowners. Contact details are available to Land Link participants - see linking procedure below to sign up.


Linking Procedure 

For beginning farmers and ranchers:

  1. Search for land in our online system
  2. Land Link provides listings of existing farms and ranches looking to link with new farmers
  3. Consider how your interests, goals, resources, and needs mesh with those of existing farms and ranches in our listings
  4. Contact landowners you are interested in working with (names and addresses are provided in landowner listings)
  5. Work with landowners to set up a successful transfer strategy - the Center can assist both parties with financial planning, transfer strategies, and more
  6. Notify the Center when you no longer need our services

For landowners: 

  1. Create land listing in our online system so interesting beginners can contact you
  2. Land Link compiles the characteristics of your farm or ranch and your desired relationship and end goals, then reviews your farm or ranch description with you
  3. Your listing goes to the new farmers or ranchers, who can contact you directly if they think your operation would be a good match for them.
  4. Work with interested new farmers to find a match and set up a successful transfer strategy - the Center can assist both parties with financial planning, transfer strategies, and more
  5. Notify the Center when you no longer need our services

Making a match:

Getting a good fit is the most important part of Land Link, but it’s not always easy. Land linking is a big deal - retiring landowners are passing on their life’s work, and everyone involved has to be comfortable with what is happening. Motivated new farmers and ranchers must work closely with landowners to find common goals and interests. Along the way, Land Link staff provides support.

Arranging a transfer:

With Center assistance, new farmers and established landowners can work out a transfer arrangement that will work to the benefit of both parties. Linking allows small family farms to carry on a proud American tradition. At the same time, it can bring financial benefits to landownders through tax credits and retirement security. There are many reasons and many ways to link, and the Center staff can help you find what’s right for you.


Land Link services are provided at no charge to the participants.

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