Farmland access is the number one challenge young farmers and ranchers face, and solving it is one of NYFC’s top priorities.
Our 2017 National Young Farmer Survey found land access to be the number one challenge that young farmers and ranchers face.
In the next five years, nearly 100 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. We are working to ensure that this land remains available, accessible, and affordable to farmers.
Across the country, climbing land prices and competition with the development market have made it increasingly difficult for farmers to find land they can afford—over the last decade the average cost of farm real estate has more than doubled.
Secure land tenure is fundamental to farm viability. Without secure land tenure, farmers are unable to invest in on-farm infrastructure and conservation practices critical to building soil quality, financial equity, and their businesses.
Now is the critical time to ensure that land transitions to the next generation of farmers.