The Central New Mexico LandLink Initiative is an effort to connect entrepreneurial farmers and ranchers looking for land and farming opportunity to agricultural landowners, and farm and ranch internship and mentorship possibilities.
Why do we Need LandLink?
Without a doubt there is a growing market for local food in our state; however, New Mexico faces many challenges in meeting this demand
— including an aging farmer and rancher population, loss of agricultural land, and soaring land values.
Now is the time to create a plan for the future of agriculture in our region.
There are close to 30 established “landlinking” programs across the country.
All have similar goals but are customized to meet localized needs.
The MRCOG’s Agriculture Collaborative is in an ideal position to facilitate a landlink for this region by building upon the existing program capacities and continuing to rely on friends within the local agricultural community (that’s you!).
The LandLink Initiative links agricultural landowners and existing farm and ranch operators with the next generation of farm and ranch land stewards, business partners and interns. The LandLink will facilitate farm and ranch transition to the next generation through tenure arrangements, sales and/or lease agreements and connections to conservation easement and agriculture trust opportunities.
How Can This Program Help Me? How Can I Help?
Please fill out a simple online form (links above). It is our goal to get the next generation of farmers and ranchers onto the land with the support they need to succeed! Support us by getting the word out about the LandLink Initiative. Any feedback, or resources you feel we should know about? Please feel free to help us make this a valuable resource and tool for our growing agricultural communities. We value your participation!