Completed Project Report


Helping Beginning Farmers Manage Risk and Succeed in Finding Farmland in New York

  • Award Amount: $36,147
  • Regional Center: Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2018 Education Projects

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Project Overview

American Farmland Trust (AFT) and collaborators– Farm Credit East, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and National Young Farmers Coalition – offered the Helping Beginning Farmers Manage Risk and Succeed in Finding Farmland in New York project to aid beginning farmers in managing risks in finding farmland.  

The project included a three-part series of workshops offered in two locations in New York.  These workshops adapted materials from AFT’s national Farmland for the Next Generation training curriculum, developed in concert with the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and Farm Credit, and included presentations, worksheets and checklists, and peer-to-peer learning.  Participants received training on the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland tool.  All participants also received multiple follow-up contacts, during the approximately 9 months after the final workshop, to offer one-on-one coaching in helping them to find and secure farmland, evaluate their farming and business plans, as well as connect with other resources, including additional adviser services and funding.  These one-on-one coaching services were made available to other beginning farmers seeking farmland in New York as well.  In total, 23 farmers attended the workshops, 38 farmers were contacted regarding assistance, and 20 farmers received one-on-one land access support.

Number of Participants: 54

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