About NM LandLink

 

New Mexico LandLink, a program of the New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, is dedicated to bridging the gap between farmers, ranchers, and landowners. Our goal is to facilitate sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between individuals looking to lease or sell land and those seeking agricultural opportunities. NM LandLink aims to overcome these barriers through our simplistic land-linking platform and a statewide program that offers professional support to both producers and landowners.

This will result in a more resilient agricultural industry, where farmers and ranchers have affordable options to secure land and where landowners are better able to preserve their agricultural lands.

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NMSU’s Extension Service delivers practical, research-based knowledge and programs that improve New Mexicans’ quality of life. NMSU Extension has staff in all 33 counties and many Tribal areas across New Mexico to serve their communities.

Why NM LandLink

The USDA estimates the nation will need 100,000 new producers over the next decade to fill the gap of the current generation of retiring producers. Access to land, succession planning, capital resources, and education are all significant challenges faced by New Mexico’s new and expanding producers. This creates a gap threatening the resiliency of New Mexico’s agriculture industry, rural communities, and local food supply. The barriers to entry for the next generation are high, and NM LandLink aims to break down these barriers.

Vision

To create a more resilient future for New Mexico agriculture by empowering farmers and ranchers with the land access tools needed to succeed.

60.5

Years Old

In New Mexico, 61.5 years old is the average age of primary agricultural operators

NM LandLink addresses this challenge by helping landowners find the next generation of farmers and ranchers to steward their land.

500,000

Farmers & Ranchers
The USDA expects that one-quarter (500,000) of all farmers will retire in the next 20 years.

NM LandLink addresses this challenge by helping landowners find the next generation of farmers and ranchers to steward their land.

204,965

Acres
If recent trends continue, 204,965 acres of New Mexico’s farm and ranch land will be paved over, fragmented, or converted to uses that jeopardize agriculture by 2040- representing an area more than six times the size of Santa Fe.

It’s more important than ever to conserve our state’s agricultural lands and keep farmland in in production!

Weston Medlock

NM LandLink Project Manager

Weston has a passion for New Mexico agriculture and is devoted to enhancing the viability of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers. His work with NMSU Extension has focused on land access for producers and landowners, developing new and expanding producers, and expanding market opportunities.

How can we help?

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