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January 12, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants to Six Localities
~ Five Counties, One City Receive Funds to Place Working Farmlands under Permanent Conservation Easements ~

January 21, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $1 Million in Farmland Preservation Grants

Annual Report for Office of Farmland Preservation

Each year, the Office of Farmland Preservation is required to submit a written report on the operations of the office to the chairmen of the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. Please see below for annual reports that have been released:

A few highlights from the 2014 annual report include (covering the report period December 1, 2013 – December 1, 2014):

  • OFP continued to work with key agricultural, conservation and governmental partners to refine the allocation process for state matching funds to local purchase of development rights (PDR) programs;
  • OFP allocated $1.03 million in new state matching funds to eight local PDR programs;
  • OFP worked with local PDR programs to permanently preserve 1,256 acres of working farm and forest land in eight localities. OFP provided $1 million of the $3.96 million in total purchase price and transaction costs paid for these easements;
  • OFP delivered ten presentations/workshops to a wide variety of audiences. Topics included OFP, PDR programs, farmland preservation tools/techniques, conservation easements, use value assessment, farmland loss data, the Virginia Farm Link program and the Century Farm program;
  • OFP continued to oversee the Virginia Farm Link database. For the period of December 1, 2013 – December 1, 2014, 43 active farm owners have received 357 individual requests from 129 active farm seekers interested in discussing various transition options;
  • OFP allocated $15,000 to Virginia Cooperative Extension in December 2013 for four workshops designed to help farm families and their service providers transition farms and farming operations to the next generation; and
  • OFP continued collaboration with the Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers on the development of the Certified Farm Seekers (CFS) Program. For the period of December 1, 2013 – December 1, 2014, eight farm seekers were certified and another 30 farm seekers submitted applications for the program.

Please see below for annual reports that have been released since 2004:

2013 annual report
2012 annual report

2011 annual report
2010 annual report

2009 annual report
2008 annual report
2007 annual report
2006 annual report
2005 annual report
2004 annual report
Virginia Farm Transition Survey

During the period January through March 2002, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) sponsored a survey of Virginia farmers, with the intent of determining how many Virginia farmers had plans for the transition of their farm businesses to the next generation of farmers. This survey was part of a larger strategy adopted by the National Farm Transition Network (NFTN) (now known as the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN)) to develop conclusions about the state of farm retirement planning in the United States, Europe and Japan. The survey mechanism used for this study mirrored those used across the United States and in other countries as part of the larger NFTN initiative. The goal of these efforts was to create an international database on farm succession planning from which policy recommendations could be developed to increase opportunities for successful farm business transition.

This survey shows that most Virginia farmers either do not plan to retire at all or only plan semi-retirement. Of those farmers who plan to retire and transition their farm, only 30 percent have as yet identified a successor. Finally, 36 percent of Virginia farmers have said they do not have a will, trust or other estate plan to transition this farm to their heirs or to a young farmer outside their family.

Please click here to see more information about this survey.

Additional Farmland Preservation Information and Technical Assistance:

Virginia: Andy Sorrell, Coordinator, OFP 
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
804.786.1906 • Fax: 804.371.7786
E-mail: Andrew.Sorrell@vdacs.virginia.gov

National: Farmland Information Center
a partnership of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT).

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