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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Environmental Farm Planning FAQ #6

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Can the EFP help with the Succession of my Farm?

We’re retiring from the farm and handing it down to our next generation. Will the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) help us in this transition?

ANSWER:
Yes. Creating, completing or updating and Environmental Farm Plan can help members of the farm or ranch understand the connection of the land, and it’s valuable resources, to the operation.

If you live on a farm, caring about the soil, water and air becomes second nature. Putting a plan together to increase the sustainability of these ecosystem services can be a great way make your operation viable for upcoming generations, and using the EFP as a training tool can help transition a person into a new decision-making role, keeping a whole farm perspective.

Questions throughout the EFP help expose whether potential concerns on your farm can be changed, if not are there possible management changes that can be made to reduce the risk? The goal is to use this tool to reflect your own personal objectives, and values, and hitting your stewardship targets, such as:

• Planning to conduct regular reviews of the environmental risks on your farm
• The importance of compliance with environmental regulations
• Managing the protection of nearby water resources
• Protection of riparian areas with the use of buffer zones

If you are planning a succession process, consider the Environmental Farm Plan as a tool to help you through the transition.

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