“70% of family farms will change hands over the next 15 years.” - USDA

Many of these will transition to a generation that did not grow up on the farm or operate it themselves. We connect Landowners to Producers who will operate the land as if it were their own.

Preserving the family farm – 1 Landowner, 1 Producer and 1 Farm at a time


Our mission is to connect the next generation of land owners to the next generation of producers.


Combining 80 years of experience in the Agriculture industry to offer you these services.

Century Match™

A program unique to Next Gen Ag where we match the next generation of landowners to the next generation of producers.

We work with both existing and aspiring producers to connect them with retiring farmers and landowners.

Leasing Program

We act as an unbiased 3rd party to help facilitate fair and long term lease arrangements for the benefit of your farm and your landowner-producer relationship.

We offer a flexible flat fee structure that can be paid by the landowner, the producer, or both can share in the cost.

Farm Advisory

A program to help producers manage the costs in their farm operation and operate more profitably. Producers have the option for a one-time review or an on-going consulting program.

Consulting Services

We offer our expertise in other areas such as our young farmer mentoring program, real estate consultation, and facilitating transition of farm operations between non-related parties.


This webinar brought together two succession experts and two Illinois farm families to talk about the big picture of farm succession planning. Together they explained and addressed topics like: (1) why succession planning matters so much; (2) what are common obstacles that keep families from making a plan at all or from making a sound plan that will accomplish all they desire; (3) how to move past those common obstacles; and (4) what the two families learned from their experiences.

Here are just a few things that stood out from the presentations and dialogue:

  1. How to manage the distinction between being fair to one’s children versus being equal is an incredibly important question to wrestle with. The two approaches are not the same. And, oftentimes, treating your children equally can mean the farm will have a very hard time making it as a going concern.
  2. Mike Downey of Next Generation Ag Advocates shared a great slide detailing all of the many factors we face today that create a “perfect storm” for making succession planning difficult.
  3. Conservation easements are often overlooked as a helpful tool, but many families are not aware of them.
  4. We heard stories of both succession planning disasters and of the great relief and family peace that good succession planning generated.

Please share the video with families who would benefit.

Please RSVP by emailing Downey@farmestate.com or 319-361-2409.  A follow up email will be sent the night before the workshop with a Zoom invitation link to join the day of the workshop.

Workshop Details

  • Consolidation in Production Agriculture & our Rural Communities
  • Farm Transition Strategies for Retiring Farmers, Landowners & Producers
  • Farm Leasing in 2020 for Maximizing Income & Long Term Relationships
  • Connecting Retiring Farmers & Landowners to the Next Generation of Producers
All farmers, landowners, and ag professionals are invited to attend these informative and timely workshops.  We will be presenting pertinent information applicable to anyone from the retiring generation to the new.
“Glen Moeller has been our farm manager since my father passed in 1993. He has given us excellent advice and has been easy to work with. My husband and I recommend Glen highly.”
Shirley Teasley (Springfield, VA)
Iowa Landowner - 500 acres
"I have worked with Mike Downey for over 15 years and have always found him to be professional and well-informed about issues in agriculture. I appreciate his ability to satisfy and see both sides for the operator and the landowner."
Robb Ewoldt (Davenport, IA)