A New Generation on the Land

The question of who farms tomorrow - and how they get access to good quality farmland - is one of the key challenges and opportunities for the farming and ranching community.

For farmers seeking land, it can feel like a daunting task to find the right space to make a farm business.  There are many pressures, including finding and affording the right land, competing in sometimes very competitive real estate markets, assessing how a business plan will work on a specific piece of land, and, importantly, engaging the community and environment around your farm.

For farmers who are preparing for what comes next as they retire, choose a new career, or decide how they want to pass forward their investments – the challenge can feel equally complex. Many farmers want to continue their investments in agriculture even as they leave the business – and feel passionately about helping give others the same opportunities to be a part of a farm or ranch, or to grow up and live in rural America as they have. Many are also looking for strategies to support a healthy, happy retirement, and want to be sure to leave a strong inheritance and legacy for their children.

No matter where you are in this discussion, USDA is here for you. 

Kate Danner, Aledo, Illinois, raises corn and soybeans with her father John Longley.