University of Maryland Extension

Successful planning for the future generation to take over the farm or planning for the farm's continued success after your death is an important part of your farm.  You want to make sure that the next generation has the skills necessary to continue on the farming operation, the farming operation passes easily to them, you maintain retirement income, and your final wishes are taken care of upon your death.  We realize this is not a topic many of you want to deal with, but it is an important one.

With that in mind, University of Maryland Extension, the Maryland Crop Insurance Education Program, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and Beginning Farmer Success  have teamed up to develop this program page.  Here you will find resources to help you in the transition process and the estate planning process.  Resources include those developed by the University of Maryland and resources developed by other universities.

More resources, including guides, worksheets, and presentations are available here: This work was made possible in part by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center. 

Beginning Farmer Success is  supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2012-49400-19552. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

The Ag Law Education Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School and College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park.  Through the University of Maryland Extension - the statewide, non-formal agriculture education system - the collaboration partners with the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Farm Transitions and Estate Planning
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