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For a farmer who doesn't have a family member interested in continuing the farm, the biggest obstacle to farm transfer often is the ability of owners and seekers to find each other. Farm-link services have been introduced to help farmers transfer their farms by connecting them with new farmers. The need to connect is greater than ever. But there has been scarce research that explores their operations, outcomes and effectiveness.

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Wisconsin literary history was made 50 years ago; the first book written by storyteller Jerry Apps was published. His colleague, Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson, wrote the foreword for the then-fledgling author’s first book, “The Land Still Lives.”

When we become a bit older we look back at how we ventured forward in life. We sense a bit of amazement at our bravado and gratitude for the luck we had along the way. I can’t help but feel that way when I recall knocking on the door of a farmhouse – the farm I eventually came to own.

It’s been the story of the year – rain … rain … rain … now snow! It’s been two weeks of havoc and unproductive for most.

ATHENS, Wis. – In the latest Census of Agriculture, the average American farmer was white, male and pushing 60. Consolidation continues as small- to mid-sized farms shrink in number while large-scale operations grow even larger.

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series featuring three finalists who have been selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award.