"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 at Oregon State and Portland State Universities.

Farm Preservation Resources

Austin Family Business Program

Administered by OSU, this program provides workshops and resources for small business owners, including farmers, to plan for retirement and succession.

Capital Press Real Estate Classifieds

Find or advertise farmland for lease, sale, or purchase in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

Serves and strengthens Oregon’s community of land trusts (nonprofits that buy or accept donations of land or conservation easements).

Land Lease and Sales Handout

Information on how to work with a realtor, find and analyze farmland for lease or sale, ideas on collective farmland management, and how to create a lease.

National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRCS’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easements is a federal matching fund that organizations or agencies can use to help buy conservation easements.  

Northwest Farm Credit Service

One-on-one consulting services to Northwest FCS members on business and estate planning.

Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program

A proposed suite of voluntary incentives for Oregon farmers and ranchers to support practices that maintain or enhance both agriculture and fish, wildlife, or other natural resources on agricultural lands.

Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

Represents member Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Oregon, some of which buy and preserve properties and conservation easements.

Oregon Farm Link

A project of Friends of Family Farmers, Oregon Farm Link connects beginning farmers and ranchers with land holders to help Oregon grow the next generation of family farmers.

Oregon Lands at Work 

Stories of how conservation projects can support the viability of Oregon farm businesses.

Oregon State Bar

Offers a referral service to help connect you to attorneys, including estate planners, in your area.

Oregon Small Business Development Center Network

Offers one-on-one business training for small businesses, including farms, at 19 community colleges around the state.

Ties to the Land

Curriculum created by Oregon State University on how to pass on a family forest estate.