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Land Transfer Options: Virginia Farm Link & the Certified Farm Seekers Program

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August 17, 2015

Andy Sorrell, Office of Farmland Preservation Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS); Katie Myer, Certified Farm Seeker Coordinator

Land transfer and farm start-up go hand-in-hand for many. Finding good land and planning for the next generation also require careful planning. In this webinar, Mr. Andy Sorrell and Ms. Katie Myer will provide participants with an overview of the Virginia Farm Link and Certified Farm Seeker (CFS) land transfer planning programs as tools for beginning farmers. The CFS is a partnership program of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, co-developed and organized by VDACS and Virginia Farm Bureau. This overview will be followed by a detailed walk-through of the required components of the CFS program and common questions CFS applicants have as they complete the modules of the program. The session will conclude with a question ans answer period from the webinar participants.

20150817 Land Transfer Webinar.pdf PDF of Land Transfer Presentation Slides

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2020-49400-32326. For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at or 540-231-4582. For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at

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