Keeping a farm in the family

Virginia loses about 15,000 to 20,000 acres of land yearly to development, but to combat this growing probably Virginia has initiated a program called Generation Next that aims to keep farms within families.  

One of the families that has gone through this program are the Graves brothers, they have owned about 800 acres of land for over 100 years and want to pass their land on to their children.  

Joe Graves says "we want plans in place so when we are unable or no longer here that then they can assume management or leadership on the resource".

Surveys conducted after completing the program revealed that six months after finishing the course 80 percent of participants have began estate planning. 

Graves says, "that's what that generation next is all about it's really trying to get the next generation excited about the resource start making it part of their plans". 

To sign up for the short-course CLICK HERE.


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