BFRDP Projects

Laying the Groundwork: A Land Affordability Calculator & National Land Access Training Series to Help the Next Generation of Farmers Succeed
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $574,150
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Holly Rippon-Butler
Organization: National Young Farmers Coalition


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Project Overview

In the next two decades, more than two-thirds of privately held U.S. farmland will change hands, creating great opportunity for beginning farmers. Many of these are first-generation farmers from non-farm backgrounds, who need support to determine how land tenure decisions will impact the financial health of their farm businesses. Although there are a number of financial planning tools available, none are specifically focused on financial decision-making for land access.

The overarching goal for this project is to enable beginning farmers and ranchers across the country to make informed financial decisions during the process of accessing land so that they will have a solid framework on which to build strong, sustainable farm businesses.

To these ends, NYFC created the Finding Farmland Calculator (, a web application designed to help farmers and ranchers across the country make informed financial decisions during the process of accessing land. The site was created in partnership with Fathom Information Design, a renowned firm that partners with clients to understand, express, and navigate complex data through visualizations, interactive tools, and software.

The main feature of the website is a Calculator that farmers can use to compare financing costs for different farm properties, or to compare different financing scenarios for a single property. The site also contains an interactive case study of one farmer’s land access story, which highlights important resources and partners that can help farmers access land.

Complementing the Finding Farmland Calculator will be an online course and eight in-person trainings on financial decision-making for land access. The project resources will reach thousands of beginning farmers through NYFC’s extensive email, social media and partner networks. We will measure the success of the project by demonstrating improved financial literacy of project participants.

Number of Participants: 9449


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