U.S. farms that comprise an "agriculture of the middle" (AOTM) have gained recognition for theirimportant contributions to agricultural economies, rural communities and land stewardship. Butdespite efforts to support these mid-sized farms, their numbers continue to decline. With theincreasing average age of farmers, rising land prices, and formidable barriers to farm entry, thechallenge of transferring farms and farmland to a new generation of farmers has become morepressing. Our long-term goal is to develop a richer understanding of the relationship betweenattributes and circumstances of AOTM farms and their unique succession and transfer challenges inorder to improve succession and transfer outcomes, increase entry into this sector and decrease theirrate of decline. Supported by our research advisory group, our transdisciplinary research team willconduct mixed-methods research using national secondary data sets and primary data collected inPennsylvania, Minnesota and Washington to address four objectives:1. Identify characteristics of mid-size, and particularly AOTM farms, and any relationships betweenthese characteristics and farms' exit or persistence;2. Develop an in-depth understanding of succession and transfer challenges faced by AOTM farmsand the outcomes for operators, operations, and farmland;3. Identify, investigate and profile promising and successful AOTM farm succession and transferpathways;4. Recommend strategies for future research, programs and policies to address identified challengesand advance solutions.This project addresses Program Area Priority A1601 by increasing knowledge about obstacles andopportunities associated with the succession and transfer of AOTM farms from older to new orbeginning farmers.
|Effective start/end date||8/1/21 → 7/31/23|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $494,263.00