NPR – ARTERRE: A NEW WAY TO ENSURE A FUTURE AND A DYNAMIC AGRICULTURE BY AN INNOVATIVE FARMLINK AND LANDLINK SERVICE
Traditionally the transfer of farm ownership has mostly occurred between family members. In the last few years, farming establishments outside of the family context evolved through business transfers, business start-ups or lease of assets. Close to 40% of new young farmers have chosen to start a new business or proceed with a non-family transfer to get established in agriculture. In Quebec (Canada), two projects have been implemented in recent years to help address this new situation and ensure the transfer of as many farm businesses as possible, thus reducing the number of farms being dismantled due to the lack of an available successor. The two projects are: the Land Bank and the Farm Business Bank. Different clienteles have expressed an existing need to address this new reality. Therefore, the leaders of these projects have recently implemented support and networking services at the provincial level in the form of the Quebec Land and Farm Business Bank, named “ARTERRE”. Field agents lie at the heart of the operating model. To support them, CRAAQ’s services offer development of web tools, promotion and coordination of the service, as well as developing applied research that would be useful in solving problems encountered, etc.
Keywords: Networking services, Personalised guidance, Support services, Farm transfers, Transferor Prospective farmer, Land link, Farm link
Author(s): Dumont, B.
Organizations(s): Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ)