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 2018 season are now open. for prospective students, please read through the farm training program details before you apply.
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
Get involved! Support the transformation of the food system from the ground up. Your gift directly supports RFC's programs.
get acquainted with RFC's work on farm succession planning
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.
Read our new report:
"As older farmers retire over the next two decades, over 10 million acres, or 64 percent of Oregon’s agricultural land, will pass to new owners. How that land changes hands, who acquires it, and what they do with the land will impact Oregon for generations."
The report was co-written by RFC's Farm Preservation Program Director, Nellie McAdams and colleagues from Oregon State and Portland State Universities.
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.