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Who Will Farm the Land?

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Who Will Farm the Land?

  1. 1. Who will farm the land?
  2. 2. The first Agricultural Apprenticeship in the nation
  3. 3. Why managed grazing? • Economics • Environment • Quality of Life
  4. 4. Land transfer implications of an aging farming population Who will farm the land?
  5. 5. Acres transitioning • Farmers age 65 and above: 571,276 • Average farm size: 438 acres • Estimated total acreage: 307 million acres • Total US farmland: 911 million acres
  6. 6. Identified successor according to 2005 gross revenue 23% 29% 31% 29% 29% 20% 33% 50% 77% 71% 69% 71% 71% 80% 67% 50% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% $1-$50,000 $50,001- $75,000 $75,001 - 100,000 $100,001 - $150,000 $150,001 - $175,000 $175,001 - $200,000 $200,001 - $500,000 $500,001+ Yes No 60% of survey farmers did not have a successor 2006 UW Center for Dairy Profitability Farmer Retirement & Succession Survey
  7. 7. Where will the next generation come from?
  8. 8. Land access is a major barrier 2014 Wisconsin Beginning Farmer Survey 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Access to land Access to capital Lack of income Lack of production knowledge Access to markets Percent Dairy Livestock Cash Grain Forage Crops Vegetables Fruit Other
  9. 9. A Proven Educational Model Formal Apprenticeship: 4000 hours over 2 years  3718 hours of on-farm employment and training, guided by “Job Book”  288 hours of related instruction  Herd Health  Milk Quality  Dairy Nutrition  Pasture Management  Financial Management  Peer Discussion Groups  Financial planning services A pathway to farm ownership
  10. 10. John Richmond & Charles Flodquist Colfax, WI
  11. 11. Dave Heidel & Ricky Baker Random Lake, WI
  12. 12. Mid-career dairy graziers Spin-off farms: an alternative to expansion
  13. 13. Skilled People are the Key Joseph Tomandl, III Executive Director 715-560-0389 joe@dga-national.org Laura Paine Program Director 608-338-9039 laura@dga-national.org  Guided work experience  Related instruction  Facilitated peer group  Industry networking  Pathway to farm ownership

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