We’ve detected that you are using an outdated browser.

Please use a new browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge to improve your experience.

We’ve detected that you are using an outdated browser.


Keeping Farmers on the Land: New Research Underscores Need To Address Farm Transition in New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, farmers age 65 and older own or manage nearly one-third of the farms, and most are farming without a young farmer alongside them. New research from American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Land For Good sheds light on what this means for the future of New Hampshire agriculture.

Using Census of Agriculture data from 2002, 2007 and 2012, including a special tabulation of 2012 data (see New Hampshire Data Tables below), the Gaining Insights, Gaining Access project looked at characteristics of New York and New England’s farm population at both ends of the spectrum—those at or beyond retirement age, and those young or new to farming. We also held focus groups in seven states of older farmers with no identified successors to learn more about this large, influential farmer subset: what they’re farming and with whom; their vision of retirement; and what challenges they face for the future.

American Farmland Trust
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers
Publication Date
February 01, 2016
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
New Hampshire
Agricultural Statistics, Beginning Farmers, Farm Transfer, Farm Transfer Planning, Farmland Access

Visit American Farmland Trust

Get engaged and receive the information you need right in your inbox.