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Legacy Farmland Fund is a solution for farmland owners seeking a better way to monetize their farmland asset.

Assisting clients in making the best decisions for their future means considering the Legacy Farmland Fund in your estate planning discussions.


The Legacy Farmland Fund is unique in its ability to maximize estate assets and preserve the family legacy. It offers an improved means of control for landowners who are ready to take a more passive role in their asset yet still benefit financially. The structure of the Fund is a 721 Exchange of the asset for an interest in the LLC partnership. This financial structure converts an illiquid farmland asset into flexible Fund Units that then provide for individual liquidity, transferability and gifting. 

This strategic, tax-advantaged divestiture option maximizes the after-tax present value of a divestment. Contributions are generally tax deferred which means the value of the contribution is often greater than if the asset were sold and the after-tax proceeds were reinvested.  


Once the hard asset is converted into Fund Units, it is now part of a professionally managed portfolio of pooled farmland assets throughout the United States . This immediate diversification insulates against indirect factors and expenses that are often outside of an individual landowner’s control. Ownership in the portfolio of assets also produces additional potential revenue sources – like wind, solar, wetlands, easements, mineral rights, etc. 


At Sower, our mission is to keep land in crop production and as often as possible facilitate a Contributor’s tie to the land. We are committed to preserving local producer relationships and as such we offer continued landowner control through restrictions on the sale of the asset, as well as optional lease back and repurchase rights. 


Estate Planning Professionals and Farmland Advisors can benefit by providing the Legacy Farmland Fund option to their clients to maximize the asset’s impact on current and future generations. Completing a 721 Exchange into the Fund is simple. The Legacy Farmland team works closely with farmland owners and their advisors to collect and analyze property and owner information, help determine if a 721 Exchange is feasible and appropriate, and then guide the exchange process through to closing.

Consider a 721 Exchange of Farmland into the Legacy Farmland Fund

Farms are Hard Assets.

As a 721 Exchange for Farmland, Landowners receive Fund Units in exchange for contributing the farm into the Fund. 

721 Exchange Creates Liquidity

The farmland owner can then retain the Fund Units and take advantage passive returns from the  portfolio of farmland assets. Or, the farmland owner can exercise, gift or bequeath their Units. 

And Defers Capital Gains.

Even while capital gains are deferred, farmland owners still have rights to determine the farm’s tenant and utilize the land for recreational activity. 

Preserve & Protect

Farms often exist in families for generations, growing in value and sentiment.

When the time comes to monetize the family farm, Legacy Farmland Fund provides the means to do so while keeping the farm and family connections intact.