Farm Transfer

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.

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Our Farm Transfer Programming

Map of my Kingdom   Farm Legacy Letters

Farmland Owner Legacy Award   Younger Generation

Four Tips for Communicating with Family about your Farm Legacy

Explore PFI Farm Transfer Field Days:

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Sharing Farm Transfer Stories

Your Farmland and The Future (in collaboration with Peoples Company)

The Wepkings and Bickfords: The Beginnings of a Farm Transfer

The Three Sons and the 980 Acres: A farm transfer case study

The Nimrods: Honor community, sell the farm

The Dunphys: Retire and get out of the way

The James Family: Effective family farm meetings

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Non-PFI Resources

ISU Extension – Ag Decision Maker Transition and Estate Planning

UMN Extension – Transferring the Farm Series

Farmland Information Center

Land Stewardship Project – Farm Transition Tools


Experts

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.

Peoples Company

Sunderman Farm Management

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Contact

Have questions regarding farm transfer? Contact Jorgen Rose at jorgen@practicalfarmers.org