Find resources related to farmland access and farmland transfer, such as finding farm experience, accessing financing, succession planning, and leasing. Click on the links below by topic of interest or scroll through them all.
- ACCESS TO CAPITAL & FINANCIAL PLANNING
- BUSINESS & FINANCIAL PLANNING
- CROP BUDGETS & SPREADSHEET CALCULATORS
- FARM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
- FARMLAND TRUSTS AND PRESERVATION PATHWAYS
- FARM PRODUCT MARKETING
- COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
- SUCCESSION PLANNING
- WORKSHOPS, FARM TOURS & EVENT CALENDARS
- LABOR, REGULATIONS, INSURANCE & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
- VETERANS RESOURCES
Looking to find or transfer land? Take a look through our Farmland Changing Hand document to get ideas of how landowners and land seekers have accessed and transferred farmland. There are numerous options, many able to be tailored to your specific situation.
Farmland Changing Hands, developed for WA FarmLink by Kate Dean, 2011. En español: Tierras Agricolas Cambiando De Manos.
Check out the USDA's new website for beginning farmers. This offers lots of resources and tools across lots of topics - such as starting a farm, business planning, finding financing, and guides for farms in transition. https://newfarmers.usda.gov/
Washington State Housing Finance Commission and Northwest Farm Credit Services: Tax exempt bond program designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers acquire property at low interest rates. Loans for property, equipment, construction, and livestock, with additional funding available for other projects. Program information, contacts, and downloadable forms are available at: www.wshfc.org/FarmRanch/index.htm
Northwest Farm Credit Services offers traditional loans, financing for equipment, lines of credit, a beginning, small, military, and minority loan program, as well as rural land purchase loans. They also offer a wealth of information on lending, online financial tools, and links to a number of publications that address business planning, agricultural financial statements, and related industry publications. https://www.northwestfcs.com/ Beginning, small, former military and minority producers, Ag Vision program offers financing for real estate, operating expenses, livestock/equipment purchases, and refinancing. https://www.northwestfcs.com/Products-and-Services/Young-Beginning-Minority or via phone at 800-743-2125
Country Home & Lot Loans: Financing options for country home and rural property owners with no acreage restrictions, agricultural and residentially zoned properties, income-producing properties, and additional allowances. https://www.northwestfcs.com/Products-and-Services/Country-Home-Lot-Loans And Bare land and rural lot loans with similar allowances.
The Washington State Small Business Development Center offers information on funding available to small business owners along with information on training, advising, research, and a long list of resources including business plans, taxes/licensing, start up guides, and much more. www.wsbdc.org.
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) also has offices throughout the nation and offers a number of business-related services including financing. Visit them at www.sba.gov/services/.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), offers federal agriculture financing programs, research, and information on a wide variety of related subjects including energy management, conservation, and financial planning. FSA offers a wide range of financing programs including loans for farm operations, minority and women farmers/ranchers, rural youth, and beginning farmer/rancher, as as well as, traditional financing, microloans and loans for emergencies. For a complete list of financing programs offered please visit: http://www.fsa.usda.gov To find an FSA office by location in Washington State, click on the USDA service centers link at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/stateoffapp?mystate=wa&area=home&subject=lan... Service Loan Guide offers a comprehensive guide to financing options and information on the loan process: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/fsa_br_01_web_booklet.pdf
Financial Assistance: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/
Washington Farm Services offers state contacts and information about programs offered. For a list of contacts at the Washington FSA offices: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/sto_dir.pdf
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) www.cdfi.org include credit unions and banks such as: One Pacific Coast Bank: which “pursues economic justice and environmental sustainability by focusing on transformative sectors that need loan capital” including (among several categories) sustainable food, fisheries and agriculture. http://www.onepacificcoastbank.com/ Craft3 (formerly Enterprise Cascadia): A non-profit, community development financial institution” with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities” by providing loans and financial assistance and resources to entrepreneurs who wouldn’t otherwise have access to capital. http://www.craft3.org
Slow Money Alliance, slow money is an investment and funding strategy designed to support small farm businesses by connecting them directly with investors. www.slowmoney.org Slow Money Northwest matches sustainable food system businesses seeking investment with investors. They also provide business development assistance, a mentorship network, community partnerships, and creative financing, program related investment strategies. In addition to these services and resources, Slow Money Northwest conducts “business-centered” research, to help make connections in regional food economies and “encourage growth across the entire value chain.” www.slowmoneynw.org
MercyCorps Northwest: MercyCorps NW offers business planning services and financial services to clients that don’t have access to traditional business financing and resources. http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/ They offer funding, matched savings, microloans, business classes, business training, counseling, and other services. MercyCorps NW works to build more just, productive, and resilient communities in the Pacific NW, through improving financial stability and empowering people to develop or expand a small business.
The Washington Department of Agriculture provides information on grants and specialty funding, including, but not limited to: USDA Conservation & Farm/Ranch Lands protection programs, disaster assistance programs, value added producers grants, rural development business grants, beginning farmer and rancher development, community food projects & sustainable agriculture research/education programs. http://agr.wa.gov/grants/ Additional USDA funding includes rural home buyers in Washington State, which offers financing options for rural home buyers in Washington State: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wa/sfh.htm
Washington Homeowners, Financial Assistance Programs in Washington: State wide resource list of financial assistance for property purchasing, including links to rural purchase programs. http://wahomeowners.com/financial-assistance-programs-in-washington-state Start 2 farm is operated by the National Agricultural Library (USDA) and offers a user friendly resource website for new and established farmers. www.start2farm.gov/
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an organization designed to bring grassroots issues to the national policy table, by supporting small to mid-sized family farms, food production, rural community preservation, conservation and sustainable agriculture. Useful guides, research, and links for navigating federal funding options, including conservation, loans/grants, local and regional food systems, and food safety. www.sustainableagriculture.net Local investment groups “Local Dollars, Local Sense,” by Michael Shuman (2012), localized economies, investing and funding sources. http://www.postcarbon.org/book/713147-local-dollars-local-sense
Whole Foods Market, Local Producer Loan Program, offers loans to small, local, independent producers to help them expand their businesses. Provides low-interest loans to small, local producers in areas with Whole Foods stores. Loans range from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be for things like purchasing more animals, investing in new equipment or converting to organic production. Email LPLP@wholefoods.com or visit: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/local-producer-loan-program.php
USDA Rural Development, Value Added Producer Grant Program: This grant can be used for producing and marketing value-added agricultural products, and can also be used for farm-based renewable energy. Rural Business Loans: Loans for businesses that create or preserve rural jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. Additional possible grant and loan opportunities for business and cooperative programs. Olympia Office: 360-704-7740 www.rurdev.usda.gov
Farm Bureau Bank, Offers farm equipment loans, part-time and full-time farm loans, vehicle loans, mortgage loans, and financial tools. Contact via phone at 800-492-3276. www.farmbureaubank.com
WSU Extension “Cultivating Success” program offers courses in Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, among several other topics. www.cultivatingsuccess.org The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, has resources for business development, budgeting, starting and operating a business, publications and online interviews/presentations on various business development topics. As well as a wealth of information on marketing, state resources, and the agricultural industry. http://www.agmrc.org/business_development/
Small Business Development Centers: Washington State SBDC, offers information on funding available to small business owners along with information on training, advising, research, and a long list of resources including business plans, taxes/licensing, start up guides, and much more. www.wsbdc.org
US Small Business Administration, offices nationwide, offering a number of business-related services including financing. Provides research, lender lists, training programs, and other free workshops. Includes resources to plan, start, and manage a small business as well as free online courses. District office in Spokane: 509-353-2800 or in Seattle at 206-553-7310. www.sba.gov/services/ “Small Business Resource Guide: Everything you need to know to start and grow your business.” This Washington State specific guide includes downloadable templates for business plans and financial statements. www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/wa_seattle/sdo2008rg.pdf
Publications on Building a Farm Business: The Sustainable Agriculture Network and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture have put together a useful publication, Building a Sustainable Business: http://www.sare.org/publications/business/business.pdf. Downloadable PDF.
“Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, researched processing alternatives, determined potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets help the reader develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities
University of Maryland Cooperative Extension “Farm Business Planning” workbook is an excellent resource with worksheets, samples, and step by step guidelines on developing a farm business plan. https://extension.umd.edu/mredc/business-modules/farm-business-planning-workbook (downloadable PDF)
Oregon State University, Small Farms Program, “What can I do with my small farm?” publication, a region-specific farm planning booklet available as a downloadable PDF that helps you map out options for your farm, based on size, goals, and resources:. http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/beginning-farmers/whatcanidosmallfarm
The ATTRA publication, Evaluating a Farm Enterprise, has useful information for determing your farm business specialties and for assessing your business goals and due diligence when assessing potential farmland: https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=277
The website FarmAnswers.org offers a library of publications and resources on various topics related to starting and running a farm business.
An online mortgage calculator can be a good tool to help you plan for and determine a real estate purchase price range that is financially feasible for you. Zillow has a simple to use and free online mortgage calculator. Click "advanced" to adjust terms: https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/
British Colombia's Department of Agriculture offer budgets for pricing and conditions similar to those in Washington State, http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/busmgmt/budgets_pfp.htm as well as, budgets for specialty organic crops: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/busmgmt/budgets/specialty_organic.htm
Oregon State University has a list of crop budgets, on a variety of different crops, many apply to larger farms but there are some applicable to small-medium farms. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/EconInfo/ent_budget/
NC State University Cooperative Extension hosts an exhaustive list of example enterprise budgets for different crops, along with other useful links and videos. http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/value-added/profitable-agriculture.html
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center budget information and templates: http://www.agmrc.org/business_development/operating_a_business/budgeting...
WSU Extension publications on crop/enterprise budgets: http://extension.wsu.edu/agriculture/business/budgets/Pages/default.aspx
WSU Extension offers a multitude of courses, information, and programs geared towards just about every aspect of agriculture in Washington State. Listed below are links to various programs and publications available in farm planning. Publications: maintains a list of publications on farm business management, including crop and livestock management, investment in farmland, machinery, farm financial management and other related topics.
WSU Agribusiness Management: The WSU Small Farms program offers resources on soil and pest management. You might be interested in courses in sustainable small-acreage farming offered through the program. You can access the Small Farms Team webpage at http://smallfarms.wsu.edu.
“Farming West of the Cascades” prepared by WSU Extension Small Farms Team, includes a list of publications that provide research-based information for farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in the local food system. Other publications are available through WSU by contacting the Bulletins Office, WSU, PO Box 645912, Pullman, WA 99164-5912. Alternatively, they can be reached by phone at 1-800-723-1763 or through their website at http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/
WSU Cultivating Success Course is offered in early winter and fall, usually in several counties throughout the Puget Sound region. It’s a great course, taking place once a week for several months, where you can put together a farm plan as well as learn about soil, production, marketing and learn from other new or current farmer classmates.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) has a number of very useful publications on a wide variety of management and marketing topics. You might want to check out “Direct Marketing” which is from their list of Marketing & Business publications and “Market Gardening: A Start-up Guide” from their list of Horticultural Publications.
Oregon State University Extension Service also has a broad range of publications that you might find useful.
Conservation Districts are located in nearly every county or area of the State and can assist new or prospective landowners with best management practices such as fencing, manure management, farm planning, soil testing, as well as help you work through local environmental regulations, habitat restoration and more. Locally, the King Conservation District, serves landowners in King County. Listing of Districts throughout WA State.
Rodale Institute: University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, publication on season extension and links to other resources. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/NewCrops/introsheets/extension.pdf
National Resource Conservation Service: Offers a number of conservation services including technical assistance, habitat preservation grants, conservation innovation grants, financial assistance, and assistance with best practices for water management, along with useful publications and links to regional resources.
Technical Assistance services for farmers an ranchers to preserve habitat, improve land management, explore opportunities to diversity agricultural operations, and to develop/apply sustainable agricultural systems. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/technical/
Land Trusts: Often land trusts may be able to hold a conservation easement or buy the development rights for farmland, reducing the cost to a more affordable level for new farmers. Sometimes Counties also may work with landowners and land trusts to pursue state recreation and land preservation grants.
Washington Association of Land Trusts has a comprehensive, county-by-county list of land trusts, including those that serve the entire state: http://walandtrusts.org/Pages/Members.html.
Farmland.org provides information on land -trusts, conservation easements, purchase development rights, and transfer of development rights. Washington State site: http://www.farmland.org/programs/states/wa/default.asp
Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization with the goal of building strong land trusts, expanding the pace of land conservation, defending conservation easements both nationally and from its regional offices. http://www.landtrustalliance.org/ “Basic Facts and Resources for Land Owners” http://www.landtrustalliance.org/conservation/documents/landowners.pdf
Farmland preservation: Washington State Conservation Commission, Office of Farmland Preservation: Links to county by county and statewide programs. Along with a wealth of resources including succession planning, county grants, and mapping tools. http://ofp.scc.wa.gov/
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office: Farmland preservation grant program offers funding to cities, counties, and others to buy development rights on farmlands to ensure the lands remain available for farming in the future. This program may be available in your city, county, or through a nonprofit in your area. http://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/farmland.shtml
Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington: State wide information on purchase development rights and agricultural conservation land easements, transfer development rights, right-to-farm programs, and zoning and county codes. As well as studies, links, and publications on agriculture in Washington State. http://www.mrsc.org/subjects/planning/farmland.aspx#state
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition: a non-profit citizens group, designed to represent conservation, business, recreation, fishing, farming, and community interests. This state grant funded program provides funding to protect habitat, preserve working farms, and create new local and state parks. http://wildliferecreation.org/
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service: The Farm and Ranch Protection Program (FRPP) provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/easement...
Counties: Some counties in Washington State have purchase of development rights programs. One examle is Whatcom County's Purchase of Development Rights Program, visit http://www.whatcomcounty.us/pds/plan/lr/projects/agprogram/pdr.jsp for more information or contact Chris Elder, Whatcom County PDR Outreach Coordinator at (360) 676-6907 x50249.
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP OR EXPERIENCE ON A FARM
Seattle Tilth Farm Works is a training program and farm incubator for immigrants, refugees and people with limited resources to develop organic farm businesses, located in Aurburn. Interested? http://seattletilth.org/about/seattletilthfarmworks
ATTRA maintains a database of sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships, as well as educational and training opportunities through the National Agriculture Library’s Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC). The listings are submitted by the farm. This is widely used by farms in Washington. It can be accessed at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/
Washington Tilth Producers’ has internship listings and indicates the qualifications, work environment and compensation for each position. Farm Listings can be found on their web site at www.tilthproducers.org/farmer-resources/internships.
Grow Food is a cultural exchange that lists sustainable projects and organizations that invite volunteers to help out. This includes farms in Washington and throughout the US. People interested in experiencing a sustainable lifestyle, use the list to make contact with hosts they are interested in visiting. The hosts and volunteers work out the details of their own arrangements. You can find information by visiting www.growfood.org. GrowFood is also in partnership with WSU's Small and Immigrant Farming programs.
Viva Farms is a bilingual farm incubator program that provides land, equipment, infrastructure, farm business planning/management training and microloans to start-up farmers. Viva's collaborative marketing, sales and distribution channels also help new farmers access local markets. Located in Mount Vernon, WA at the Port of Skagit. Viva Farms is operated by the international nonprofit. Visit www.VivaFarms.org for more info on Sustainable Small farming and ranching courses and land leases. 15366 Ovenell Rd, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273, 360-707-3223.
Western SARE produced a short internship handbook that is available in pdf on the web at http://attra.ncat.org/intern_handbook/pdf/intern_handbook.pdf
The Multinational Exchange in Sustainable Agriculture Program (MESA) sponsors ecological farmer-to-farmer exchanges between participating countries and the United States. They promote experiential training and cross-cultural opportunities for aspiring agriculturists who then share new insights and skills with their home communities. MESA's US Training Program offers a chance for internationals to gain hands-on skills at US sustainable farms. Their new Reciprocal Training Program offers individualized training opportunities for US students with sustainable farms and NGOs in other countries. You can find these programs at www.mesaprogram.org.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), http://www.wwoof.org/ WWOOF is a world wide network of organizations, linking volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organizations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. If you aren’t interested or able to travel too far from home, check out http://www.wwoofusa.org/.
The Japanese Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) offers Japanese young farmers opportunities to cultivate their international awareness and to expand their abilities by participating as agricultural trainees overseas. The Council also conducts an agricultural training program in Japan for foreign counterparts. You can find these programs at: http://www.dokidoki.ne.jp/home1/cyberfair/cf98_file/The_Japanese_Agricul... Incubator Farms: An incubator farm can provide land, equipment and infrastructure, education, training, marketing, distribution, and technical assistance.
Greenbank Farm Ag Training Center, Greenbank (Whidbey Island): http://greenbankfarm.biz/
Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/
SnoValley Tilth’s Experience Farming Project is for farmers with 2-3 years of experience working on farms. Production must follow certified naturally grown guidelines and farmers have access to equipment and farm mentors as well as a small plot of farmland at SnoValley Tilth’s Stuart Landing just outside of Carnation, Washington. http://www.snovalleytilth.org/experience-farming-project/
The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association's website hosts a list of sustainable agriculture educational programs: http://sustainableaged.org/projects/degree-programs/
RESOURCES FOR FARMERS LOOKING FOR APPRENTICES OR HELP ON THE FARM
There are several listing services available for farmers to post ads looking for an apprentice or a farm manager.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – This organization, (referred to as ATTRA), is a well utilized database for posting sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships. This is also good resource if you’re looking for comparisons or ideas on how other farms are posting for similar positions. There is a membership fee to post, https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/
Washington Tilth Producers – Tilth Producers offers Farm Internship Listings. Internship listings can be posted on their website, you must join as a member to post a listing, www.tilthproducers.org/farmer-resources/internships
Sustainable Food Jobs – Free to list, organizes by type, location, etc. This site had good job descriptions, which may be useful, http://sustainablefoodjobs.wordpress.com/
Good Food Jobs – This is a nice site with a posting service for food-related jobs. There is a fee to post. This could be a good resource for getting ideas for your job description, http://www.goodfoodjobs.com/
Greenbank Farm Organic Farm School – This farm school trains and educates a class of beginning farmers every year, many of whom stay in the Northwest and may be looking for a farm internship or management position as a next step, and may be willing to pass on information to students about your internship or manager position, http://greenbankfarm.biz/ofs/
Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) has an internship coordinator who can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cascade Harvest Coalition, offers the Puget Sound Fresh Website, App and Print Edition Farm Guide, all of which help connect farmers to eaters and buyers, www.pugetsoundfresh.org Farms can list their business with information about products, their location, farm stands, CSAs, farmers markets, and contact information. The Printed Farm Guide is an annual guide to regional farms and food producers distributed throughout the region. Cascade Harvest Coalition also offers the Farm to Table program, which connects local farmers with local food buyers, www.cascadeharvest.org
ATTRA’s Marketing resources discuss the importance of having a marketing plan, the characteristics of various direct marketing alternatives, and the important trade-offs in the various approaches. http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/directmkt.html The Farmer-to-Consumer Marketing series (no.’s 1 - 4) provides an overview of direct marketing techniques. 1 – An Overview: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw201-e.pdf 2 – Production and Marketing Costs: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw202-e.pdf 3 – Merchandising, Pricing, and Promotion: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw203-e.pdf 4 – Place of Business and Product Quality: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw204-e.pdf
Small Farms Program - University of California has great marketing resources: http://sfp.ucdavis.edu/marketing/
Tilth Producers, a chapter of Washington Tilth, produces the Washington Tilth Directory, a guide to organic and sustainable growers, food and farm suppliers and resources. You can order that publication by calling 206-632-7506, email email@example.com, or view the online version at http://www.tilthproducers.org/programs/directory/past-directories. Additionally, their annual conference in November is a must-do for farmers interested in sustainable and organic farming techniques and regional networking.
Washington State Farmers Market Manual: WSU Extension Small Farms Team & WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program: For those interested in starting a market where one does not already exist. Information on regulations as well. A useful document on how to get established at a farmers’ market/steps for http://agr.wa.gov/Marketing/SmallFarm/docs/FMM1.pdf http://agr.wa.gov/marketing/smallfarm/directmarketinghandbook.aspx
Networking Association for Farm Direct Marketing and Agritoursim, a membership based organization which hosts farm marketing conventions (including some in the NW), publications, marketing support, an online forum and several other benefits. http://www.nafdma.com/ USDA, Agricultural Marketing Program, offers a wide range of publications, research and marketing information. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/
Northwest Agricultural Business Center, business and marketing planning services organization with information on value-added product development, infrastructure development, and more. http://www.agbizcenter.org/
Food Hub, is an online marketing network for producers in the Western U.S. www.foodhub.org
WSDA Farm-to-School Program, tool kit for selling to schools, developing farm to school programs, and information on creating interest in fresh food in schools. http://www.wafarmtoschool.org/ Growing for Market, website full of great resources and publications on a wide variety of growing and marketing topics. http://www.growingformarket.com/
Farmigo CSA Management system: www.farmigo.com
CSA management and planning by Brook Field Farm: www.brookfieldfarm.org
CSAware – CSA Management System from Local Harvest: http://www.csaware.com/
COG Pro by Certified Organic Business Solutions – record keeping software, online, and there’s an app for it too! You can try it out for free at: www.cog-pro.com
USDA Agricultural Marketing publications on developing a CSA, online budgeting tool, and links to information on CSA. http://www.agmrc.org/business_development/operating_a_business/direct_ma...
USDA publications on CSAs. http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml
For general information about leasing farmland, see the Land for Good publication, “Landowners Guide to Leasing to a Farmer,” http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Landowners-Guide-To-Leasin... This publication has two very good sample farmland leases in the back. Land for Good has sample leases available at http://landforgood.org/resources/toolbox/toolbox-farm-seekers/ Additional materials for both landowners and land seekers on how to lease and/or find land to lease are available on their “Toolbox” web pages, http://landforgood.org/resources/toolbox/
The Leopold Center at Drake University, “The Landowner’s Guide to Sustainable Farm Leasing” is a leasing guide available for download as a PDF. Website also offers a video library as well as information on farm leases, related laws, and example leases and form templates. http://sustainablefarmlease.org/
For several sample leases and information, see the North Central Farm Management Extensions Committee’s http://aglease101.org/ Their sample lease forms, including farm machinery leases are at http://aglease101.org/DocLib/default.aspx#LeaseForms
Iowa State University Extension has a range of lease templates, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wright/news/iowa-farm-lease-forms
“A Guide to Pasture Leases,” by Purdue University Cooperative Extension, has information on calculating pasture lease rates and has links to sample lease forms towards the bottom of the page, http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/EC/EC-623.html
Ohio State University has a farm rental website with factsheets about lease agreements, http://ohioline.osu.edu/fr-fact/index.html
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project offers two webinars about leasing and leases, "The Nuts and Bults of Farmland Leasing," and "Tools for Finding and Assessing Farmland," They have a guide to Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland . They also offer resources and factsheets about leasing and business planning.
Land for Good has a free online course for farm seekers to learn options to access farmland, called: Acquiring Your Farm. There are 7 topic modules with information, stories and resources. Every topic includes tools, worksheets and checklists. The course is designed so that each learner can come away with a customized farm acquisition action plan.
The Farm Whisperer, is a book on Estate Planning and Farm Transition, written by Farm Consultant Dave Specht, who specializes in Succession and Transition Planning on the Farm. Dave Specht also has a mobile app that is free to download that takes you through a series of questions about succession planning, the app is called "Inspired Questions- for Farmers".
The Land for Good publication, Successful Farm Transfer Planning for Farmers without an Identified Successor, is available at: http://landforgood.org/wp-content/uploads/LFG-Farm-Transfer-Planning-Wit...
The Washington State Office of Farmland Preservation published the Succession Planning - Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Specialty Crop Farm Transfer Decisions, available on the WA FarmLink website and at: http://ofp.scc.wa.gov/succession-planning/
Farm succession planning: Customizing a farm estate plan, a guide from Penton Agriculture that will help you mull the who, what, when and how of succession planning for the farm is available at: http://farmprogress.com/whitepaper-farm-succession-planning-customizing-farm-estate-plan-20
Agweb Legacy Project, information and resources for farmers planning to work with family members, those seeking to plan long term for their farm, and ways to transfer farm operations onto the next generation. http://www.agweb.com/legacyproject/
Oregon State University, Ties to the Land, tools, articles, and resources for creating a succession or estate plan, workshops, and establishing goals, and managing family relationships while transitioning operations. www.tiestotheland.org Washington FarmLink, Succession Planning workshops, please contact farm link for upcoming workshops.
Farmland Changing Hands , A study of innovative land transfer strategies, examples of land transfer, financing, and leasing. http://www.cascadeharvest.org/files/u1/Farmland_Changing_Hands_0.pdf
Ag Transitions, online tools to help you develop a transition plan, provided by the University of Minnesota. https://www.agtransitions.umn.edu/
WSU Extension offers a number of useful publications and example documents for transferring your farm business. http://www.spokane-county.wsu.edu/smallfarms/Farm%20Succession/Farm_Succ...
CHC List serve & FarmLink events: http://www.cascadeharvest.org/calendar
View webcast recordings of past FarmLink workshops with WSU.
Washington Tilth Producers, offers a thorough events calendar featuring upcoming workshops & classes, tours, talks, festivals, and many related events. http://tilthproducers.org/events/
WSU Cultivating Success, find a class closest to you or a webcast of a class. http://www.cultivatingsuccess.org/
WSU Local Extension, for great specific production workshops http://ext.wsu.edu/
Washington Labor & Industries information for Farmers and Agricultural Workers http://www.lni.wa.gov/workplacerights/agriculture/
Farmer’s Legal Action Group, Farmer’s Guide to Organic Contracts, written to help farmers make informed decisions at every stage of selling/ buying contract relationship: http://www.flaginc.org/
Regulations: County's will have specific regulations on land use and food safety. Check with your local County planning department or health department.
WSDA State and Federal Regulations: http://agr.wa.gov/marketing/smallfarm/
Soil Data and Testing: The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Web Soil Survey (WSS) is a useful tool that provides soil data, landscape characteristics and other information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. Search for soil data by location. Soil testing is often available through Washington State’s local Conservation Districts .
Farmland Real Estate Listings: Land and Farm lists farmland properties for sale: http://www.landandfarm.com/search/Washington-land-for-sale/
Insurance Resources: Check with similar farmers to see who they use. Contact your current provider. Sometimes certain production will require specific insurance, i.e. chicken processing.
- Country Financial through WA Farm Bureau: http://www.wsfb.com/country
- Argus http://www.argusinsurance.com/
- Grange Insurance https://www.grangeinsurance.com/
- Farmer & family health insurance: http://www.fbhealthcare.com/
Growing Veterans: Lynden—Growing Veterans provides a place where veterans can get together in support of a positive and worthy cause, allowing them to experience an informal peer-support setting, while also encouraging them to use skills gained in the military or school to support the broader community. While working in the fields we talk about our wartime experience, issues we’re having gaining access to the VA, struggles we face in school using the GI Bill, suicide, politics, medications… we even laugh and poke fun at each other, sometimes ruthlessly, because that’s what camaraderie is all about. After all, most of us are vets. Growing Veterans is a non-profit organization sponsored by Growing Washington. http://growingveterans.org/
Farmer Veteran Coalition: A national network of independent veterans-in-agriculture. Teamed up with the USDA, they offer educational retreats in sustainable agriculture all around the country, that take place over a long weekend and are free to veterans and their spouses. They have also held job fairs and are actively building a support network of mentors to assist with job training. Strategic grants to launch farm/ranch operations are available through the Bob Woodruff Fellowship Fund. Fellowship is an apt term for this group, they have been building a community of like-minded veterans for several years now. www.farmvetco.org
VETS CAFÉ: Olympia, WA—This organization is offering a free Permaculture workshop series in Winter/Spring 2015-2016, open to anyone (veterans and non-veterans). This is an introduction series to ecological agriculture and green building. Participants will learn basic knowledge of permaculture and ecological design as applied to small farm design, operations and management. Veteran specific issues will also be covered ranging from transition assistance to benefits and services including resources for veteran start up farm projects. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about these classes and further events. Classes are roughly every other Friday at the Orting Soldiers Home farm site in Orting, WA.