The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics is in the process of developing resources and services specifically for transitioning agricultural operations and beginning farmers and ranchers. An office is being created in the department that would provide several services, including helping to connect exiting farmers/landowners with beginning farmers or ranchers through an application and curated matching process; one-on-one technical assistance from a K-State farm analyst to help facilitate transition of an existing operation; and an extensive training program for beginning farmers and ranchers to master critical financial and business skills.
Currently, the department is looking to hire a director for the new office, which is expected to be functional in 2022. The job description can be found here. The position has been secured for three years with another three-year commitment by K-State Research and Extension leadership to help support the program. Long-term plans are to make this a self-sustaining service.
Partnering agencies, which will serve as an advisory board, include KLA, the Kansas Farm Management Association, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Bankers Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Farm Service Agency, Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service and Kansas Grazing Land Coalition.