Farm Land Access and Succession Planning Workshop

February 06, 2018
Farm Land Access and
Succession Planning Workshop
Monday, March 12th 
2:30 – 5:00pm – Land Access workshop
5:00 – 6:00pm – Dinner for all participants
6:00 – 8:30pm – Farm Succession workshop 
Pine Grove Grange
2835 Van Horn Dr. in Hood River 
Two workshop in one offer expert and on-the-ground advice to beginning farmers about how to access land, and to farmers and their families preparing to plan for succession. 
With the average age of farmer in Oregon edging towards 60, up to 10.45 million acres (or 64%) of Oregon farm and ranch land is expected to change hands in the next 20 years. Wasco and Hood River Counties are showing the same trend. Yet is uncertain who will farm this land into the future, since recent research from OSU, PSU, and Rogue Farm Corps has found that up to 84% of Oregon farmers and ranchers may not have a plan for passing on their farm business and assets. Having a comprehensive succession plan in place can reduce the stress and cost of dividing the estate for the family when the owner passes. 
At the same time, beginning farmers and ranchers are finding it more challenging to access land, since the average appraised price of farmland in Hood River and Wasco Counties increased 60% in just 10 years. 
Cost: FREE! Free dinner included. All are welcome.
Presenters will include attorney Steve Seymore, panels of local farmers who have leased land or started a succession plan, Friends of Family Farmers’ landlinking program Oregon Farm Link, Columbia Land Trust, and Nellie McAdams, Farm Preservation Program Director at Rogue Farm Corps and Coordinator of OWEB’s new Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program.
To RSVP or with any questions, contact Nellie McAdams:, 971.409.6806.
This event is made possible by partners, including Rogue Farm Corps, Gorge Grown, OSU Extension, Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District, Wasco Soil & Water Conservation District, Underwood Conservation District, Friends of Family Farmers, the Small Business Development Center, and more.