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Transferring the Farm Workshop Series Offered

By Holly Young, Cooperative Extension
January 23, 2008

A key to keeping family farms in New England is to help farmers successfully transfer their farming operations to the next generation. Starting in February, farm families can learn the ins and outs of farm transfer in a workshop series offered in two New England locations.

Three workshops were designed to address different stages of farm transfer, from an introduction where families are just starting to consider a farm transfer to a session for those that have been thinking about a farm business transition for a while. The workshops will be held at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont, or at The Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

“An Introduction to Transferring the Farm” takes place Feb. 6 in Sturbridge at the Publick House and Feb.13 at the Lake Morey Inn. This day-long workshop covers the basics farm families need to consider when transitioning the farm from one generation to the next. Speakers will include University Extension specialists, local attorneys, farm family business consultant/licensed social worker, land trust and land link personnel, and farmers.

“Moving Your Farm Transfer Forward” will offered on March 10 at the Lake Morey Inn in Lake Morey and March 11 The Publick House in Sturbridge. In this day-long workshop, meant to help answer questions as families move forward with the estate/business transition plan for their farms, will feature a nationally-recognized attorney and local expert will focus on Medicaid/health care planning and business agreements.

“Keeping the Farm Transfer Ball Rolling” will take place April 2 at the Lake Morey Inn and April 3 at the Sturbridge location. This half-day session will help farm family members create and/or review an action plan to keep their farm transfer planning rolling.

Speakers include Dave Gott, licensed social worker and family consultant, and Kathy Ruhf and Bob Bernstein from Land For Good, Inc., a nonprofit offering assistance (including farm transfer planning) to owners of working lands across the region. They will help participants hone in on their goals, get a fresh approach to the tasks at hand, and go home with a renewed sense of direction.

The early registration fee for the February and March workshops is $20 per person ($30 for late registration) and includes a workshop packet and lunch. The April workshop is $15 ($25 late registration) and includes a workshop packet.

For a brochure, visit www.uvm.edu/landlinkvt or contact the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at (802) 656-0233 or (802) 656-5459. Anyone requiring special accommodations or scholarship help to attend, should call (802) 656-0233. New Hampshire residents can contact UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist Mike Sciabarrasi at 2-3234.

The workshops are offered with funding support from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education and the USDA Risk Management Agency and are coordinated by partnerships with Land Link Vermont at UVM's Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Land for Good, Inc.; and University Cooperative Extension Systems of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


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