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Beginning Farmer A Program to Aid in Succession Planning for Wisconsin Farmers

Beginning Farmer Grant

The Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM program was awarded a grant in 2015 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a three-year project, Securing Beginning Farmers Through Succession Planning. The project addresses the need of Wisconsin farmers who do not have succession plans in place, estimated at 56% of farmers over the age of 55, to ensure the successful transition of farm operations to the next generation of beginning farmers.

The FARM program will partner with the Wisconsin Farm Center Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to provide succession planning for farmers and farm families. The farmers and farm families will be provided guidance, information and assistance throughout the succession planning process, which may include on-farm site visits, individual and family discussions, matching with potential beginning farmers when there is not a named successor, and assistance with retirement plans, tax and inheritance issues.

This project will be promoted through AgrAbility of Wisconsin, an Easter Seals Wisconsin – UW-Extension partnership, dedicated to helping farmers with a disability continue to farm.