Young Farmer Land Access ($11,000,000 of commitments since 2012)
There is a growing crisis in farming communities across the country. More and more young people today are interested in farming as a career. They are also looking to make production changes and grow more nutritious, healthy and local foods. However, access to farmland is increasingly more expensive and difficult. This is the business need that we fill. We maintain a list of young farmers who are growing their sustainable farming business and wanting to lease or purchase more farmland. After an extended review by company management, these farmers become eligible for tenancy on future farmland acquisitions. Many are third or fourth generation farmers.
The graph below highlights the total acres committed (as of August 2016) to young farmers through the Young Farmer Land Access Program since 2012:
As information, we are actively seeking young farmers with a diversity of farming operations, including grains, local and organic foods, vegetables and pastured livestock. If you are a young farmer in the Midwest, Great Lakes or Northeast interested in growing your sustainable agriculture farmland acres, get in contact with us.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost