Virginia Farm Link Program
The Virginia Farm Link program is designed to help two important segments of the commonwealth’s farm community:
- Farmers and landowners who are facing retirement and want to see their businesses continue and their land stay in production; and
- Beginning and expanding farmers who are in search of business arrangements through which they can acquire land, equipment, experience and access to the knowledge of seasoned producers.
As established in § 3.2-202 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Farm Link program shall provide, but not be limited to the following: (i) assistance in the preparation of business plans for the transition of business interests; (ii) assistance in the facilitation of transfers of existing properties and agricultural operations to interested buyers; (iii) information on innovative farming methods and techniques; and (iv) research assistance on agricultural, financial, marketing, and other matters. The various components of the Virginia Farm Link program are described below.
Virginia Farm Link Database
The Virginia Farm Link database is an online database designed to link farm owners interested in exiting agriculture with those seeking farms and farm businesses. Click here to be taken to the Farm Link website.
Certified Farm Seeker
The CFS program uses the five curriculum modules (whole farm planning introduction, business, land acquisition and tenure, marketing, and on-farm experience) developed by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project (BFRCP) and will help farm seekers develop a farm business plan and resume, as well as demonstrate on-farm experience. The program is designed to help all levels of beginning and experienced young farmers who are looking to farm or to expand their farm.
Farm Transition Events and Resources
Through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, OFP allocates funding received from the Farming Since 1614 license plate to facilitate local farm and forest land transition events throughout Virginia. Since 2010, approximately 30 farm transition events have been sponsored by VDACS. A calendar of events provding information on upcoming farm transition events can be found below:
Please contact the Virginia Farm Link program at 804.786.1906 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Additional Farmland Preservation Information and Technical Assistance:
Virginia: Andy Sorrell, Coordinator, OFP
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
804.786.1906 • Fax: 804.371.7786
National: Farmland Information Center
a partnership of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT).