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Land Transfer Navigators will support farmland succession

American Farmland Trust and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are training professionals to help farmland change hands in the coming years.

ATF’s Farms for a New Generation Director Erica Goodman tells Brownfield increased training is needed as nearly 300 million acres of American farmland are expected to transition ownership in the next two decades.

“They’re hearing from the landowners that they might not have someone poised to take over, or not sure how to best facilitate that transfer succession process,” she shares. “They’re seeing the need at that organizational level, and we saw the opportunity to build out a program to support the role that they play.”

Goodman says it’s also important to connect new farmers with land transfer opportunities and continue farmland preservation.

“Reducing those barriers for underserved farmers and accessing land, and for that next generation to really be able to step in,” she says.

The organization plans to train three dozen land protection organizations and to serve as “Navigators” in communities across the country over the next four years to support the next generation of farmers.

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