The average farmer in Oregon is now over 60 years old. In the next two decades, as those farmers retire, an estimated two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land will change ownership. That has implications for rural communities, for the economy, for the environment, and for local and regional food systems.
OCFSN is interested in ensuring that existing farmers and ranchers have succession plans, that land stays in agricultural production and is managed sustainably, and that a growing pipeline of beginning farmers and ranchers can access land to start and grow new farm businesses.
The OCFSN Access to Land team is conducting research into land ownership and tenure trends, developing tools and strategies to support planned transfers to beginning farmers, and exploring innovative land ownership and lease models to address the rising cost of farmland and challenges with access to capital.
See the 2016 report, The Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land, written and vetted by Access to Land Team members, and the 2017 infographic connecting the dots between the lack of farm succession planning and the permanent loss of agricultural land.
Food Systems Program Director/Southern Oregon Advocate
1000 Friends of Oregon