WINNIPEG - When you hear the word "matchmaking", chances are your first thought might be in regards to playing the field in affairs of the heart.
However, there's also matchmaking as it relates to agriculture. NO - not a dating service or pair-matching for the farm critters, and no animal husbandry involved.
Matchmaking in agriculture is all business.
The owner of a matchmaking service for farm owners and prospective farmers across Canada says there's no shortage of young people armed with business plans who want to get into farming
Christie Young of Farmlink says there's also plenty of older farmers who want to see their land farmed by a new generation when they retire.
Many farmers have borrowed against the rising value of their farms, which means they need to sell their properties for full market value in order to retire.
That's where Farmlink comes in, to help owners and young farmers set up partnerships that begin years before the owners retire, such as lease-to-own arrangements that can allow a new farmer to start small and expand.
From the pages of FarmIlink matchmaker:
If you are a Farm Seeker: Matchmaker allows you to narrow your search by region, land type and history, as well as by available housing and infrastructure.
If you are a Farmer or Landowner: Matchmaker allows you to find and review farm seeker profiles and assess prospective tenants, employees.
In both scenarios, those interested can create a profile for free, which allows them to access more information and opportunities, without sharing contact information, until you're ready to take the next step. A farmer or landowner can set up multiple listings to cast a wide net of potential matches.
More information can be found at https://farmlink.net/matchmaker/
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