The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced that it would be holding a workshop for farmers to help them understand issues of farm transition.
The second of three Farm Link and Transition Pilot Workshops will be held on February 11 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia. The VDACS' Office of Farmland Preservation is working with the Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Committee to put on the workshop, according to a release.
The goal of the workshop is to inform farmers about how to ensure their farm is passed correctly to whom they intended. VDACS Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr said that doing this properly helps to preserve farmland.
"We are concerned about the loss of working farmland in Virginia, and want to ensure that this land continues to be farmed into the future," he said. "To that end we want to help farm owners set up a plan for a seamless transition from one generation to the next. At the same time, we want to provide assistance to existing farmers interested in expanding their farm operation, and to beginning farmers who are just starting to take the first step."
Ensuring that farmland is properly utilized is essential to Virginia as the agricultural sector has a more than $50 billion annual impact on the state.