USDA recently launched a new website for producers to find information on heirs’ property.
Heirs’ property is family owned land that is jointly owned by descendants of a deceased person whose estate did not clear probate. The descendants, or heirs, have the right to use the property, but they do not have a clear or marketable title to the property since the estate issues remain unresolved.
The 2018 Farm Bill authorized alternative documentation for heirs’ property operators to establish a farm number. A farm number is required to be eligible for many different USDA programs, including lending, disaster relief programs, and participation in county committees.
For more information visit farmers.gov/manage/HeirsPropertyLandowners.
Additional USDA Programs and Services
USDA offers a variety of farm loan, risk management, disaster assistance, and conservation programs to support farmers, including heirs’ property landowners once they have a farm number.
USDA also has several special provisions and resources for heirs’ property landowners, including:
- Targeted funding through farm loans
- Crop insurance benefits
- Conservation program benefits