HARRISBURG – New farmers in PA can fill out an application for a tax credit program intended to help them get established. The Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program provides an incentive to landowners who lease or sell their land, buildings, and equipment to new farmers. Landowners will receive a one-time personal income tax credit for the sale or a multi-year lease of property. Beginning farmers must meet eligibility criteria. Applications for certification, which are evaluated by the Department of Agriculture, can be found at agriculture.pa.gov. Applications for the tax credit can be filed at esa.dced.state.pa.us. Complete program guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions can be found on DCED’s website: dced.pa.gov. For every farmer under age 35 in PA, there are four farmers over 65. Of the 7.7 million acres of farmland across PA, 41% is managed by a farmer 55 years of age or older and 11% of that land is expected to transfer in the next five years.