Nebraska Land Link program connects land seekers and retiring landowners
A new extension land link program could make retirement simpler for many farmers and ranchers
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Traditionally, ranches and farms are multi-generational. But when a farmer doesn’t have an heir to their land, retirement can get tricky. A new extension land link program in Nebraska is going to work with retiring landowners who want to transition their land to a new farmer/rancher.
Nebraska Land Link will be accepting applications for those interested in the program “with the goal of providing land access using lease agreements, lease-to-own arrangements, buy-sell arrangements or other creative methods that are mutually beneficial for both parties” officials said in the news release.
Allan Vyhnalek, an extension educator for farm and ranch succession who will manage the Nebraska Land Link program, says that land access is one of the most difficult challenges new farmers face.
“The high cost of land, livestock and equipment makes it difficult for beginning farmers to purchase these capital assets,” Vyhnalek said. “And many landowners who are asset-rich and cash-poor need to earn income for retirement from their land, equipment and livestock, while transitioning away from the labor and management of their operation,” Vyhnalek says.
Once the land seeker or landowner applies, their application will be looked over by extension personnel who are there to guide participants through the process. Then, landowners will have the chance to review applications and interview the land seekers.
The Nebraska Land Link program is open to operations of any size, free to Nebraskans, and administered by the extension Farm and Ranch Management team in the University of Nebraska’s Department of Agricultural Economics. For people located outside of the state, a fee of $30 for land seekers and $50 for landowners will be applied. Click here for more information and to find an enrollment application.