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Farm women can learn how to plan a successful transition

Written by on August 6, 2013 in News

Farm Generational Transition, ‘Managing for-Today and Tomorrow’ course for Farm Women begins August 20th in Mount Pleasant.

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, a new Annie’s Project course, has been scheduled in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday mornings, August, 20th through September, 17th.

Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning meets from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August, 20th through September, 17th at the Henry County Extension office in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes a 300-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

Farm women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Henry County,” said Bob Dodds, Regional Extension Education Director, “This farm transition course is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. A small class size makes it comfortable for everyone to speak up and get questions answered.”

Annie’s Project, an agricultural risk management education program for women, has successfully reached more than 8,000 farmers and ranchers in 30 states. “This new Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next,” said Jim Jensen, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms,” said Jim. Farm Credit Services of America is a statewide sponsor of Annie’s Project courses.

For more information contact Jim Jensen, ISU Farm Management Specialist at 319-385-8126 or jensenjh@iastate.edu; or Janet Smith, at the Henry County Extension office at 319-385-8126 or jansmith@iastate.edu.

Managing for Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30584. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.extension.iastate.edu/annie.

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