Tara Kenyon Selected for Farmland Advisors New Jersey Advanced Training Program
For Immediate Release: September 17, 2018
Manville, New Jersey – Tara Kenyon, Principal of Kenyon Planning, LLC has been selected to participate in Farmland Advisors New Jersey, an advanced training program for professionals working actively with farmers to access land and successfully transfer farmland to the next generation.
New farmers face substantial barriers in New Jersey, especially when it comes to finding land. New Jersey has the second highest farmland prices in the nation, making it difficult for beginning farmers to find suitable land at a price they can afford. Opportunities to lease appropriate farmland under secure conditions can often be difficult to find. At the same time, farm transfer within or outside a family can be complicated due to family, business, legal and tax hurdles.
The multi-year training program will be coordinated by American Farmland Trust, a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.
Kenyon was one of 15 participants selected to participate in the Farmland Advisors New Jersey program from a pool of qualified applicants from across the state. Participants include Cooperative Extension educators, land trust staff, agricultural service providers and other professionals working with farmers and farmland owners. Farmland Advisors addresses this challenge through a series of progressive learning and networking opportunities, including webinars, in-person workshops, and peer-to-peer exchanges about issues pertaining to accessing and transferring farmland.
“The transition of farmland from one generation to the next is a time when the land is most vulnerable,” says David Haight, vice president for Programs for American Farmland Trust. “With nearly a quarter of New Jersey’s farmland set to change hands in the coming years, it’s critical to build capacity across the state to support transitions that keep this land in farming. We are excited to engage an impressive network of professionals from across the state to further their efforts in addressing the challenges that farmers and landowners face in making their land available for a new generation of farmers.”
Topics to be covered during the training include: personal and business goal-setting, assessing financial readiness, understanding land tenure options, finding available farmland, assessing farm property suitability, farm leasing and purchasing farmland and participating in farm succession planning.
Farmland Advisors New Jersey is being coordinated by American Farmland Trust in partnership with Duke Farms, Farm Credit East, Foodshed Alliance, Kittatinny Mountain Farm, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Farm Bureau, New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee, NOF-NJ, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
This program is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number ENE18-152-32231, and also through funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and members of the American Farmland Trust.
Kenyon Planning LLC provides professional planning services related to preservation, stewardship, recreation, tourism, sustainability, and natural resource conservation to private landowners, municipalities, counties, government agencies, non-profit entities and special interest groups. Founder and Principal, Tara Kenyon, is a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey, accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners with over ten years of experience in this very unique field. Learn more at www.kenyonplanningnj.com
American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Since 1980, AFT's innovative work has helped to permanently protect more than 6.5 million acres of farmland and ranchland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more. No Farms, No Food. Learn more at www.farmland.org.