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 (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Hamilton County with sponsorship from Farm Credit Services of America and Iowa Central Community College. The "Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning" program, a new Annie's Project course, has been scheduled for this winter in Webster City on Tuesday evenings; Feb. 4 through March 4.
The cost is $75 per person, which includes a 300-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations. A light supper will be served before each class at 5:45 p.m. Course size is limited.
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 Hamilton County," said Susan Schmitz, Hamilton County Program Coordinator, "This farm transition course is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. We limit the size of the class to make 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 9,000 farm and ranch women in 30 states. "This new Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next," said Schmitz. "Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms."
For more information or to pre-register, please contact the ISU Extension and Outreach, Hamilton County Office at 515-832-9597 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.AnniesProject.org.