Typically, farm transfer requires addressing multiple legal issues and producing one or more legal documents. Business structures may need to be created or revised to facilitate the transfer. The resources gathered here will help farm families and professional advisers better prepare for their work together.

Farm Savvy

A manual outlining a process for the transition of a farm business to the succeeding generation; intended for vocational agriculture teachers, community college instructors, extension staff who work with new farmers, and people who wish to transfer a farming operation to another person

John R. Baker

Beginning Farmer Center

Iowa State University

1996, 200 pages



Contact Iowa Beginning Farmer Center


Checklist for Business Agreements

Questions for farm families who are creating or revising business arrangements

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Extension Service
3 pages

Checklist for Business Agreements (pdf)

Holding Ground: A Guide to Northeast Farmland Tenure and Stewardship

A comprehensive guide that includes an examination of “non-ownership” tenure such as rental agreements, long-term leasing, and other arrangements; includes sample agreements, worksheets, and other resources.

Annette Higby, Kathryn Z. Ruhf, and Andrea Woloschuk
The New England Small Farm Institute
2004, 162 pages
Order online ($22 includes s/h)

Farmland Transfer & Protection in New England

A guide for entering and exiting farmers; includes worksheets; not limited to New England farm operators.

Kathryn Z. Ruhf
The New England Small Farm Institute
1999, 124 pages

Order online ($12 includes s/h)

Farm Transfers in Wisconsin: A Guide for Farmers

A comprehensive, friendly guide for farmers everywhere; includes farm business arrangements as well as family, financial, and legal considerations.

Jeanne M. Meier and Gwen Garvey
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2003, 90 pages

Farm Transfers in Wisconsin: A Guide for Farmers (.pdf)