we are the next generation of farmers and ranchers
Our farm training programs offer hands-on experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon.
We provide real world opportunities for beginners and advanced students of agriculture.
applications for the 2019 season are now closed!
please check back in the fall for the 2020 season.
farm training programs
RFC offers two training programs in four dynamic agricultural communities across Oregon. Start your future in farming with RFC.
BECOME A farm host & MENTOR
RFC offers farm mentors a legal structure for training the next generation through on-farm internships and apprenticeships.
PITCH IN ~ support new farmers
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Changing Hands Story Series
Throughout 2019, Rogue Farm Corps is highlighting real stories of how transitioning land from one generation to the next is possible. The Changing Hands Story Series will explore a variety of agricultural operations from the Pacific Northwest. We will feature inspirational stories of farmland transfer to family and non-family members alike. These stories touch on the use of innovative tools like working lands easements and conservation incentives as part of the solution. And we’ll shine a light on skilled aspiring farmers and ranchers who are ready and able to take over a business.
How does the aging of the farmer population and the lack of succession planning lead to the permanent loss of farmland? Moreover, what can you do about it? Follow the dots and learn about what you can do to help in Rogue Farm Corps' new infographic.
10.5 million acres of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years and up to 80% of farmers and ranchers do not have a succession plan in place. As a result, the next generation often has to sell of all or some of the farmland to afford the costs of attorneys and state estate tax. The fragmented land is at risk for development, and quick sales to the highest bidder make it hard for beginning farmers and ranchers to purchase it.
Tools like working lands easements can help farmers get cash by selling development rights instead of selling their property. This helps divide the estate, preserves the land, and makes the land more affordable to the next generation of land stewards. Read more about our Farm Preservation Program's work to advocate for these tools.
Grads At Work
As we continue to educate and promote our interns and apprentices into the world of community-based agriculture, we look to recent alumni of our programs to see where they are now, how RFC's programs influenced their decisions and what the practical next steps are in their path towards contributing to the agricultural systems in which we all rely.