Private landowners have many options on what to do with land they are no longer using. Instead of letting it lay fallow, consider leasing the land to someone who is interested in cultivating its resources.
Review some of the articles on the PLN and CTC on Agricultural Land Leases
, Timber Leases
, and Hunting Leases
to get started.
Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive
Land Link is a program created by the Center for Rural Affairs that connects retiring landowners with beginning farmers and counsels them on how to secure a plan to transfer the farm and keep production viable. Some of the resources the Land Link program offers are: agricultural land leasing, retirement planning, new farmer financing, farm business counseling, and environmental assessments.
Visit Land Link in the PLN Conservation Toolbox
The Tangleroot Farm Story
Tangleroot Farm was started this year by young farmers Susan Cerny and Adam Reed. Like many beginning farmers, Reed and Cerny have not inherited family land to facilitate the start of their farm. Instead they are leasing land from an established landowner as a way to start their agricultural enterprise.
Read the Tangleroot Farm Story Here
FSA Microloans for Beginning Farmers
One of the biggest challenges beginning farmers face in starting a successful agricultural operation is getting access to capital. Because these farmers typically start out small and with limited experience, it is hard for them to obtain financing from commercial lenders.
Fortunately, the FSA offers a microloan program to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small family farm operations.
Click here to read more
Maintain Your Own PLN Profile
Service providers listed on PLN can now update and maintain their own listings. If you're ready to create a free new listing, update your current listing, know of a service PLN should add, or simply have questions about this important new feature: Click Here
Your Donation Will Encourage Conservation Across the US
Across the nation, there's growing awareness that conservation policies must be realigned toward private lands.
Working closely with other organizations, the PLN provides the tools needed for implementing private lands best management practices.
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Coming this May: The Updated Conservation Tax Center!
We are excited to announce that the new and improved Conservation Tax Center will be up and running this month. Check out articles on conservation easements, estate planning, section 179 expenses, like kind exchanges and much more!
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Maine Conservation Center
Houston Conservation Center
California Conservation Center
Mississippi Conservation Center
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