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Supporting farmland owners, farmers, and aspiring farmers to keep land in agriculture

Farmland Access and Protection

Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension helps support farms, farm businesses, farmland owners, and our local communities keep land in farming.

Are you a farmer looking to add a new enterprise to your operation or manage around production or conservation targets? A new or aspiring farmer seeking land or wanting to better assess what crops grow on land you have? A non-farming landowner who is looking for a farmer to use your property or to better understand how to steward your natural resources?

We at CCE Madison are here to help you connect with the resources that can support your goals!

You can explore the menu to the left for information about the most common questions and resources we hear from and share with farmers and landowners. Or you can contact our office to learn more about our services:

  • We have one-on-one conversations with farmland owners, farmland seekers, aspiring and established farmers around finding and securing land access.
  • We can visit your farm or land to do basic soil and enterprise assessments (or serve as an on-the-ground sounding board).
  • We connect farmers and farmland seekers with resources to assess and use land (including to the great organizations that work on farmland protection across our county).
  • We help you make connections with professionals that can assist with business planning, farmland searches, business management, and legal services.
  • We provide group and individual educational programming around business planning, farm succession, land leases, and farmland transfer through our local and regional team programming.
  • We can support research assistance for town and municipal officials and nonprofit or community organizations.


Maryellen Sheehan
Agriculture and Horticulture Resource Educator
315-684-3001- ext 126

Last updated January 5, 2024