Many retiring farmers do not have a family successor in mind. Finding affordable available farming land or farming opportunities is the beginning farmers’ biggest challenge.
KRC often receives phone calls from people who are looking for someone to take over their farm or ranch, or someone to lease the farm or ranch from them, or buy it. Sometimes we hear from those seeking a farm or land to buy or lease, or for an opportunity to work with a farmer as they gain some experience.
The common theme is that they all share similar values. They want the farm to go to someone who will care about place, and care for the land as they have; or they are looking for a farming opportunity where they can put into practice sustainable, regenerative, or organic practices, or raise specialty crops with local and regional marketing options in mind.
Research has shown that the biggest challenge for farm succession to a non-related successor is for these two groups to find each other; and successful transitions need time for relationship building.
At the KRC fall conference, we will tackle this dilemma by offering a workshop bringing these two groups together—the farm/land owners and the farm seekers.This workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday November 8 and will require separate registration from the conference overall.It is also open to non-conference goers at no charge.Only those who pre-registered for the workshop will be allowed to attend.
Attendees will be asked during registration to complete a survey designed for them as a farm/land owner or a farm seeker.Registrants will be asked to describe what they are looking for in terms of a farm, type of farm, or what kind of farm or land they have available.This information will only be used to inform the workshop format ,and names will remain confidential.
This Mixeris apiloteffort or experiment, and a first step. KRC hopes to bring land/farm owners and seekers in KS together, aiming to build understanding on how events like these might help land owners and seekers identify each other and better understand the challenges and opportunities they encounter. Hopefully it will also help the attendees refine what they are looking for in a farm or farming opportunity, and in the options available for finding a successor, or partner in farming.
To register for the Farm Owner and Farm Seeker workshop:
If, as a non-conference goer, you want to attend the Friday evening “40th
anniversary celebration reception immediately following the workshop, you can register for the evening reception only on the full conference registration here