The Wisconsin Farm Center's Farm Link program can help you identify available farm transfer options, find the farmer who best matches your specific operation, and develop a linkage plan to ensure a smooth transfer. The staff works to match farmers who share compatible goals and needs, and it also refers farmers to appropriate contacts in their region to help plan the transfer.
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Starting a farm operation requires thorough analysis of complex options. Setting goals, planning and brainstorming with others can help you make the best decisions for your particular situation. However, there are no easy answers. If you're a beginning farmer looking for a chance to start your own operation, Farm Link can help you examine your alternatives.
Iowa State University- Extension provides a series of publications that serve as an excellent resource for two-generation farming.
Maybe you're considering retiring from farming but you would rather ease out slowly and help a young farmer get started instead of making that major move all at once. Or maybe you want to expand your operation by combining with another farmer before retiring.
Retirement and Estate Planning Guide - 85 page PDF
Help for farmers and farm families in planning their lives after farming.
Wisconsin offers numerous advantages to its farmers, including abundant natural resources, a tradition and heritage of broad agricultural excellence, innovative and high technology agribusinesses, and the diligent work ethic of its people.
Expanding an Existing Farm
In today's agricultural climate, many farmers feel their best chance for future success and financial survival is to expand their existing farm operation. The Farm Link program has services and resources that can help you examine your options and look at the alternatives available. The decision whether or not to expand is not an easy one and there are no guarantees, but by gathering as much detailed information as possible, you can make an informed decision based on the most recent data.
More information about any of the Farm Link services is available by calling the Farm Center at 800-942-2474.