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Pennsylvania Farm Link helps new farmers get started

Peter Garrard Beck/Getty Images Three generations of farmers walk a wheat field
LINKING GENERATIONS: Through its farm data base and other services, Pennsylvania Farm Link works to link farmers selling out with beginning farmers, but it also provides farm transition services and business planning help for young farmers.
Young Farmer Podcast: Michelle Kirk discusses the group’s work "linking farmers to the future."

Farmers National Co. has estimated that 70% of farmland will transfer ownership over the next 20 years.

For younger farmers this might look a great opportunity, but buying farmland is one of the biggest hurdles that young farmers face. Farmland is expensive, and the transactions are complicated.

Pennsylvania Farm Link is a nonprofit dedicated to “linking farmers to the future.” The organization does this through an online database that links young farmers to land that's available, and by offering educational workshops for landowners and beginning farmers.

In this episode of the Young Farmer Podcast, Michelle Kirk, the eastern Pennsylvania associate for Pennsylvania Farm Link, talks about the program’s multiprong mission to not only be a database of for-sale farms, but also a source for farmers to learn more about farm succession planning and beginning farmer resources.

Visit Pennsylvania Farm Link to learn more.

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