land transition planning

posted May 17, 2020

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recently published this helpful article, WAYS TO IMPROVE LAND-LINKING THROUGH THE TRANSITION INCENTIVES PROGRAM. This program works to “encourage landowners to transition CRP farmland to beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Millions of acres are set to expire from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) over the coming years, creating a unique opportunity to create access to valuable land for historically underserved farmers and ranchers.” 

The article describes how the Conservation Reserve Program — Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) works, the importance of outreach to landowners, recommendations for cross-agency connections, ideas for the 2023 Farm Bill, and improvements and next steps:

“Farmers have many options of what to do with their expiring CRP acres of farmland that have been set-aside from production for environmental benefits for the past 10 to 15 years. One of the options that farmers can choose is to participate in CRP-TIP and help create an opportunity for the next generation of farmers to get started. In this post, we have covered many recommendations that can improve both current implementation of CRP-TIP and the program long-term. NSAC, along with our members, will continue to advocate for more funding and policy improvements for CRP-TIP to encourage conservation activities on expiring CRP land, while simultaneously supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers.”

Visit this link to learn more about the Conservation Reserve Program.

Ideas for the 2023 Farm Bill include:

  • Provide mini grants to farmers for succession planning
  • Extend CRP-TIP payments to five years
  • Include CRP-TIP in the CRP baseline to ensure funding continues
  • Exclude a portion of the gains from the sale of land through CRP-TIP from capital gains tax

farm transitions in the midwest

posted April 11, 2014


During the summer of 2013, Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings journalism intern Alex Baumhardt interviewed families in Minnesota and Wisconsin that were in various stages of farm transitions. The following five “Farm Transition Profiles” are the result of those interviews.

Ryan Batalden Profile: A Return to the Community

Lauren & Caleb Langworthy Profile: Teeming with Team Members

Jon Peterson Profile: Trust in the Land

Mary Ellen Frame, Erin Johnson & Ben Doherty Profile: Luck, Pluck & Relationships

Craig Murphy Profile: Leaving an Organic Legacy

The common thread connecting these profiles is that all parties involved—retiring farmers as well as new farmers—have given the transitioning process long, careful thought. Planning, flexibility and creativity are key elements of any transition plan. In the end, these profiles illustrate that no matter what the circumstances, successful transitions require help and support from a broad spectrum of community members. For more information on the farm transitions toolkit, visit HERE.