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January 01, 2020

Finding Farmland Course

A series of lessons that will prepare you to confidently approach the financial decisions related to acquiring your first farm.

November 01, 2018

Farm Commons Resource

Find land access resources and templates.


Whether you own a family farm, ranch or another type of agricultural business, they can connect you to free support and resources - including business planning help, financial guidance, growth strategies and other types of business assistance.

Food Business Resource Guide

This guide is a resource to guide small business owners in meeting their business’ goals and growing their food business.

Farmland Information Center

The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT), authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA).

Building a Viable Farm Business

Get resources on food safety, insurance, sales & contracts, value added tourism, etc. 

Finding Farmland Calculator

Use this calculator to build scenarios for purchasing farmland.  You can compare detailed estimates of total costs, monthly payments and affordability metrics, then download the results 
to have on hand when meeting with a loan officer.

Ag Land Leasing 101

Ag Lease 101 helps both land owners and land operators learn about alternative lease arrangements and includes sample written lease agreements for several alternatives. Ag Lease 101 was created by and is maintained by the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee.

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Benefits of Sustainable Agriculture

A summary of what sustainable agriculture is, the benefits of sustainable agriculture and what a career in sustainable agriculture could look like for you. 

Farmers and Asbestos

Agricultural workers and farmers are exposed to asbestos in farm equipment and building materials. Vermiculite, a mineral that's safe in its pure form, can also pose a risk if asbestos contaminated the vermiculite mine. Asbestos has been found in vermiculite soil mixes and conditioners.

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