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According to Iowa State University, 60 percent of Iowa farmland is owned by people over the age of 65, and 35 percent of Iowa farmland is owned by those older than 75 years of age. Farmland in Iowa is changing hands and will continue doing so at an accelerating rate.
This presents a host of challenges and opportunities for farmland owners, heirs, aspiring farmers and tenants. This great transition includes not only the land, but also the farm businesses, compounding the complexities that many Iowa farmers and landowners are facing.
“Many farmers don’t talk much about money or anything else…and land transition takes talk. A lot of talk.”
– Map of My Kingdom
Practical Farmers of Iowa is here to share stories and resources about the great farm transition that is currently underway. By bringing our member-led approach to farm transfer, we seek to connect farmers and landowners to share challenges, experiences and lessons learned. We believe that the more we talk about farm transfer the less mysterious this often-secretive process becomes, and the better equipped farmers and landowners will be to make thoughtful, intentional decisions about their personal farmland transitions.
Getting Started With Your Farm’s Legacy Planning Workshops
August 7, 11, 14 & 18
Planning for land transition can be daunting. What kind of legacy will you leave? Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for a session designed to support you through the first steps of farm transition. We’ll overview a variety of ways others have transitioned land and help you prioritize what’s most important based on your goals and the legacy you want to leave. We’ll also think about ways to communicate with family and plan out what the next steps should be.
Our Farm Transfer Programming
Resources from 2020 Farm Retirement Workshops
Practical Farmers of Iowa and Syverson Strege hosted two “Understanding Farm Retirement” online workshops in early April. These workshops discussed retirement in the context of farm transition and succession.
Facilitated by financial planners from Syverson Strege, these workshops discuss retirement planning and implementation strategies and will laid out a roadmap to retirement as part of a larger farm transfer or estate plan. Attendees also heard about new legislation (the SECURE Act), effective December 2019, that includes changes to IRAs, 401(k)s, RMDs, and more.
Resources from 2019 Farm Transfer Workshops
Facilitated by Mike Downey of Next Generation Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc., these workshops were a great opportunity to both learn more about farm transfer trends and succession strategies as well as meet other farmers and landowners wrestling with farm transfer questions.
We’ve uploaded some resources from the workshops, including slides and worksheets.
Resources from the 2019 Next Generation Summit
- Farm Transfer presentation by Madeline Schultz
- The transition planning checklist
- Lesson 2: Check the checklist
- Lesson 3 activities
- SMART goals worksheet
Sharing Farm Transfer Stories
Our members rely on a number of professionals and experts to help them make the difficult and complex decisions regarding farm and land transfer. A few of those experts and professionals that our members have found useful in their own transitions are included below.