Across the country and certainly in Montana, land access is one of the primary issues facing beginning farmers. Land may be unavailable in your community or available, but priced out of your range. Either way, it can be a major challenge to starting a farm. In some areas of the country, these challenges are causing farmers to stop looking for land to purchase and focusing solely on leasing. Unfortunately, finding good farmland to lease may be as difficult as finding good farmland to purchase, and comes along with its own set of challenges.
However, all is not lost! Module 8: Land Access of Planning for On-Farm Success is designed to help you identify ways to find and evaluate land. It will also help you understand the types of arrangements that may be possible and offers tips on how to write a contract that will be good for you and the landowner.