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Including Agrarian Trust in Your Estate Plan

Making a provision for Agrarian Trust in your will or trust is a meaningful way to make an investment in the critical work necessary to build land access for next generation farmers, support the aligned stakeholders, and hold farmland and capital in commons. Your final gift will protect farmland for regenerative agriculture and ecological stewardship to preserve its affordability for next generation farmers by buying, holding and conveying secure and equitable lease tenure to farms in communities across the country.

Types of Bequests

The most common way to leave money to Agrarian Trust is by a charitable bequest from a will or trust. Here are the most common ways of doing that, along with suggested language that can be inserted into a will or trust:

Specific Bequest

A specific bequest names a particular dollar amount to be left to Agrarian Trust.

“I give and bequeath to Agrarian Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation, Tax ID number 47-5508054, with offices at 22 Buxton School Rd., Weare, NH 03281, the sum of $ ___________ to be used for the general purposes of the organization (or to be used for a specific purpose).”

Percentage Bequest

A percentage bequest names a percentage of your estate to be left to Agrarian Trust.

“I give and bequeath to Agrarian Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation, Tax ID number 47-5508054, with offices at 22 Buxton School Rd., Weare, NH 03281, ______% of my estate, to be used for the general purposes of the organization (or to be used for a specific purpose).”

Residuary Bequest

A residuary bequest first leaves specific amounts to family members, friends, or other charities, and then designates that all or part of what remains should go to Agrarian Land Trust.

“I give and bequeath to Agrarian Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation, Tax ID number 47-5508054, with offices at 22 Buxton School Rd., Weare, NH 03281, all (or stated percentage of) the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to be used for the general purpose of the organization (or to be used for a specific purpose).”

Contingent Bequest

A contingent bequest names Agrarian Land Trust to receive part or all of your estate in the event your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries predecease you.

“If any beneficiary named in this will is not living at my decease, then I give and bequeath to Agrarian Land Trust, a California nonprofit corporation, Tax ID number 47-5508054, with offices at 22 Buxton School Rd., Weare, NH 03281, any bequest which other beneficiary would have received if he or she had survived me.”

Other Ways of Remembering Agrarian Trust

You can name Agrarian Trust as the beneficiary of your insurance policy.

You can name Agrarian Trust as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan.

If you are age 70 ½ or older, and you do not need the “required minimum distribution” from your IRA account, you can make a direct gift from that account to Agrarian Trust, and you will not need to declare that distribution as taxable income. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ian McSweeney, Organizational Director at ian@agrariantrust.org.