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Ag Link

Ag Link is a service to help preserve the family farm business by matching beginning farmers who do not own land, with retiring farmers who do not have heirs to continue the family farm business. Ag Link maintains a database of potential beginning farmers and landowners. Read more about Ag Link

Ag Link for Retiring Farmers

Your visit with the Ag Link Coordinator will help you get a clearer picture of what is involved in transitioning your farm business. He will help you begin making a plan for transitioning your farm business.

During the visit you will have a chance to look at applications from those interested in farming. You will call and arrange an interview with the applicants you select from our available list. Read more about Ag Link for Retiring Farmers

Farm Transition Planning Independent Study (Economics 490)

Students receiving credit must meet three criteria for a Pass.

  •  The student(s) must attend and participate in all four days of the Returning to the Farm Seminar. In addition the owner/operator of the farm where the student hopes to be the successor must also attend the seminar.
  • The student(s) will prepare a paper outlining a transition plan for their farming situation. The purpose of the paper is to develop a plan that demonstrates a working knowledge of the topics covered in the seminar.
  • The student(s) must share the paper with the people with whom they attended the Returning to the Farm Seminar. After reviewing and discussing the paper the people providing the succession opportunity must sign it. That doesn’t necessarily mean they agree to everything in the plan but it does mean they have read the plan proposed by the student. This requirement is intended to be a learning/sharing experience for all parties involved with the succession plan.
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Returning to the Farm Seminar

Returning to the Farm (formerly known as Ag Link) is a series of hands-on workshops for multigenerational farms. Topics include conflict resolution, goal setting, business analysis, estate planning, farm planning, and management, which are viewed differently because of distinct and sometimes conflicting goals and endowments of capital, labor, technical knowledge, and management expertise. ISU Juniors and Seniors have the ability to apply for course credit for this seminar. For more information on these seminars call 1-877-BFC-1999. Read more about Returning to the Farm Seminar

Returning to the Farm Seminar - Part 1, Day 1

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
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Returning to the Farm Seminar (formerly known as Ag Link) is a 4 day seminar for farm families to develop a succession plan. Next session will be held January and February 2020. All of these sessions are intended for farm families bringing the next generation back to the farm to live and work. All family members are encouraged to attend.

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Returning to the Farm Seminar - Part 2, Day 1

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
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Returning to the Farm Seminar (formerly known as Ag Link) is a 4 day seminar for farm families to develop a succession plan. Next session will be held January and February 2020.  All of these sessions are intended for farm families bringing the next generation back to the farm to live and work. All family members are encouraged to attend.

Read more about Returning to the Farm Seminar - Part 2, Day 1