Center for Farm Transitions
To provide information, referrals and consultations to farmers for plans
that will secure and maintain farming’s important role in
For the center to join with farmers to
actively engage in comprehensive planning that addresses all
aspects of their vocation. Through this joint planning effort,
we will continue Pennsylvania farmers’ legacy of innovative
responses to challenges that keep them competitive in today’s
economy and enhance nature.
When a farmer is planning a transition, there are many
considerations, some obvious, some not. In some cases,
the resources needed may be difficult to secure. Through the
Center for Farm Transitions, each farmer will receive information, referrals
and consultations regarding his or her distinct situation. By helping
farmers plan for their future, we’re securing Pennsylvania agriculture
for generations to come.
We offer resources for:
- A beginning farmer with no existing operation,
- The next generation on a family farm who will be ascending to a management role,
- The retiring farmer who may or may not plan on transferring the farm operation to the next generation,
- A farmer relocating from either within or outside of Pennsylvania,
- The farmer who by either choice or necessity is leaving the farm for another career, and
- Those who want to expand their farms, develop new and different areas to complement their existing operation, or convert their operation to a completely new farming venture.
The Center for Farm Transitions provides a one-stop source of information
and services to Pennsylvania farmers who are in transition. Contact us.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms and acres permanently
preserved for agricultural production. The state’s farmland preservation
program purchases development rights of working farms from owners of prime farmland,
ensuring that it will forever remain in agricultural production. This helps
secure the future of Pennsylvania’s food supply, ensure that agriculture
remains the state’s top industry and assure a way of life for future
generations of farm families. Partnerships between nonprofit organizations and
all levels of government from local to federal make this program a model for