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Farm Transition

North Carolina farm families and landowners face many challenges. The average age of farmers continues to rise and North Carolina continues to show record losses in farm and forestland. These trends and others threaten the generational transfer of family farms unless landowners begin to plan for the future.

Farm transition is a comprehensive approach to keeping farms in production as they pass from one generation to the next. 

There are numerous multi-generational farms in operation in North Carolina today. However, few of these farm families have planned for what happens to the farm when the person who currently makes the major decisions decides to retire or passes away. Transitional planning can help to alleviate the obstacles that successors will face, while ensuring the continued financial health of the farm family and business.

University of Mount Olive’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center has worked with multiple counties in central and eastern North Carolina to create farm and forest protection plans which identified challenges facing farm families. These plans, almost universally, identified a critical need for farm transition planning and education for farmers and landowners as a first step to ensure financial stability. 

The United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency in 2012 awarded University of Mount Olive funding to provide educational events and workshops for landowners and farm families. These events and workshops will feature experts who will provide information and resources to jump start the planning process. 

University of Mount Olive’s Agribusiness Center will partner with multiple partners to provide day-long regional events titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm”. Topics will cover:

  • The Tools of Farm Transfer
  • Starting the Transfer Conversation
  • Basic Estate Planning Documents: Wills, Trusts, Gifting
  • Federal and State Tax Updates
  • Letting go – Generational Transfer
  • Creating a Team of Advisors


Additional workshops will be conducted throughout the region, engaging commodity groups, co-ops, forestry associations and other organizations. The workshops will focus on specific issues identified by attendees and will provide more comprehensive details to address identified issues. Workshops can range in length from a 45 minute to a half-day presentation based on the needs of the requesting audience.

For more information or to schedule a workshop in your area contact University of Mount Olive’s Agribusiness Center at: 919-658-7510.

Farm Transition Events

  • Farm Transition Conference – Monroe, NC February 26, 2015

  • Farm Transition Conference – Kenansville, NC March 11, 2015


Planning For the Future of Your Farm Workshops



Planning For the Future of Your Farm Regional Events

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workbook

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