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Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)

Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Extension programs are delivered through a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers. Our system incorporates the expertise of faculty in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCollege of Natural Resources and EnvironmentVirginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station; as well as the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

Virginia State University - Small Farm Outreach Program

The goal of the project is to encourage and assist limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged producers and ranchers to own, maintain and operate farms and ranches independently, to participate in agricultural programs and improve their overall farm management skills. The Small Farm Outreach Program provides a wide range of outreach and assistance activities in production management, financial management, marketing, available USDA farm programs, and other areas to increase farm profitability and promote sustainability.

Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program

Starting a farm is difficult, and succeeding beyond the first few years may be even more so.   Beginning farmers and ranchers nation-wide face unique challenges to achieve their farm goals and aspirations.  The long-term goal of the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP) is to improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations and communities in Virginia.  To reach our goal, we support the development and enhancement of whole farm planning curriculum and training, online resources, social networking, and farmer mentoring.  Unique to this state-wide Extension program is its coalition of agricultural organizations and farm business that work together to develop and implement these programming aims.

Farmland Information Center (FIC)

The Farmland Information Center (FIC) is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and American Farmland Trust (AFT), authorized by the federal Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA).

Va. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Farmland Preservation

The Office of Farmland Preservation is charged with five important missions:

  • Work with other governmental and private organizations to help establish local purchase of development rights (PDR) programs by creating model policies and practices, establishing criteria to certify programs as eligible to receive funds from public sources, and determining methods and sources of funding for localities to purchase agricultural conservation easements
  • Create programs to educate the public about the importance of farmland preservation
  • Help farmers with farmland preservation efforts.
  • Assist local governments in developing additional farmland preservation policies and programs
  • Administer the Virginia Farm Link program




The "Planning the Future of Your Farm: A Workbook Supporting Farm Transfer Decisions, Virginia Edition" has been developed to help Virginia families who own farm, forest and horticulture lands and desire to keep their land in production and/or in their family as it passes to the next generation.

The goal of this workbook is to provide families with a resource to use as they complete the work necessary to transfer their farm land and/or farm businesses. This workbook was originally created in 2012 and has been updated and revised for 2017.  

Online copies can be found here:

Printed, spiral-bound copies of this workbook are available for no-cost courtesy of funding from the Virginia Agricultural license plate. To get hard copies, please indicate the number desired (each workbook is 100+ pages double-sided). For service providers, such as extension agents, workbooks are available in boxes of 50 for workshops and events. Please provide at least three weeks prior notice when requesting boxes and make sure a mailing address is provided that can accept deliveries (not a P.O. box). 

Workbooks can be requested by e-mail, phone or U.S. mail from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Office of Farmland Preservation: 

VDACS, Office of Farmland Preservation 
102 Governor Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23219 
Phone: 804-786-1906 





Mailing Address:
Virginia Farm Link Program
102 Governor Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804 786-1906