May 2013

Resources First Foundation connects people to conservation through the Private Landowner Network, an extensive online database of conservation resources and information.  Resources First Foundation engages with and educates farmers, forest owners, and ranchers throughout the U.S. to inspire sustainable business and conservation practices. By supporting private landowners, who are the best and most efficient stewards of our land, you will help play a role in conservation and natural resource protection.

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Private landowners have many options on what to do with land they are no longer using. Instead of letting it lay fallow, consider leasing the land to someone who is interested in cultivating its resources.

Review some of the articles on the PLN and CTC on Agricultural Land Leases, Timber Leases, and Hunting Leases to get started.   

Land Link: Connecting retiring landowners and beginning farmers to keep agriculture alive

Land Link is a program created by the Center for Rural Affairs that connects retiring landowners with beginning farmers and counsels them on how to secure a plan to transfer the farm and keep production viable. Some of the resources the Land Link program offers are: agricultural land leasing, retirement planning, new farmer financing, farm business counseling, and environmental assessments.

Visit Land Link in the PLN Conservation Toolbox

The Tangleroot Farm Story

Tangleroot Farm was started this year by young farmers Susan Cerny and Adam Reed. Like many beginning farmers, Reed and Cerny have not inherited family land to facilitate the start of their farm. Instead they are leasing land from an established landowner as a way to start their agricultural enterprise.

Read the Tangleroot Farm Story Here

FSA Microloans for Beginning Farmers

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One of the biggest challenges beginning farmers face in starting a successful agricultural operation is getting access to capital. Because these farmers typically start out small and with limited experience, it is hard for them to obtain financing from commercial lenders.

Fortunately, the FSA offers a microloan program to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small family farm operations.

Click here to read more

Maintain Your Own PLN Profile

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Service providers listed on PLN can now update and maintain their own listings. If you're ready to create a free new listing, update your current listing, know of a service PLN should add, or simply have questions about this important new feature: Click Here
Your Donation Will Encourage Conservation Across the US
Across the nation, there's growing awareness that conservation policies must be realigned toward private lands.

Working closely with other organizations, the PLN provides the tools needed for implementing private lands best management practices.

Looking to Buy or Sell Conservation Land in Texas?

Visit King Land & Water  Real Estate - Protecting Clients, Conserving Land
Tell Us About Your Conservation Success 

PLN will be developing a webpage devoted to discussing the successes and challenges of farmers, forestland owners and ranchers. Click here to share your story on PLN.  

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Please contact Christine Force if you would like to appear in next month's issue or are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities.

Coming this May: The Updated Conservation Tax Center!

We are excited to announce that the new and improved Conservation Tax Center will be up and running this month.  Check out articles on conservation easements, estate planning, section 179 expenses, like kind exchanges and much more!

Affiliated Sites

Conservation Tax Center

Cooperative Conservation America

Maine Conservation Center

Houston Conservation Center

California Conservation Center

Mississippi Conservation Center

Arkansas Conservation Center

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