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Land and Equipment

Land

This checklist is meant to be used as a guide as you examine prospective farm properties for lease.

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This sample short term lease agreement compiled by Land for Good outlines the basics of what should be included in a year to year lease agreement. For longer leases or one that addresses more complicated circumstances you will need to consult a lawyer.

Have you recently purchased a property or are you looking for some land to start your farm business? There are many things to consider before you plant your first crop or fence post. One of the most important things to do is to check the soil map before you do anything to ensure you are planting a crop that is appropriate for the soil type you have.

Acquiring land is one of the top three barriers for beginning farmers. Leasing may be the best option for farmers looking to expand their operation and do not have the capital to purchase land.

Are you thinking about farming? Is one of the key considerations to starting your farm finding appropriate land? Kathy Ruhf from Land For Good spoke at a recent ‘Young Farmer Conference’ and gave a few great hints.

Twenty six aspiring and beginning farmers gathered in West Chester on Saturday, April 21 for the Breaking the Barriers: Access to Land, Capital, and Equipment workshop co-presented by Penn State Extension and Pennsylvania Farm Link. Our gracious presenters shared their presentations for those who were not able to attend the workshop.

Equipment

Information on how to buy, rent and choose equipment for farm start-ups.

For the small or part-time farmer buying a used tractor may be the most practical and economical way to get the power you need without shelling out a lot of money. But, how do you know what to buy and how to make the right purchase? First you need to know what your needs are for the tractor so you can determine what to start looking for.

What equipment do I need? That is a hard question to answer. It depends on your scale and resources. Ben Shute from Hearty Roots shares his ideas.

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As published in the March 17, 2012 edition of Lancaster Farming