The transfer of ownership, management and leadership from one generation to another is an important issue for farms, ranches and rural communities across Kansas. This winter, K-State Research & Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services will offer one-day succession conferences designed to educate and support families as they prepare for the future of the enterprise.List of workshop locations and dates. Info contained in post.

The conferences will take place at five sites around the state and bring together a network of K-State Research & Extension professionals offering comprehensive insights for families transferring their farm or ranch. Each one-day conference will begin at 9:00 am and includes an overview of the succession planning process; developing a vision, mission and goals for the operation; family dynamics and communications; financial planning; legal issues and power transfer. Cost at each location is $60 for the first family member and $40 per person for each additional member.

Beyond the conferences, succession tools will be accessible online in the form of videos and other electronic sources. Trained facilitators will also be available to guide families through the succession planning process.

Succession conferences are set for Allen Community College in Iola on Monday, January 5; Pratt Community College in Pratt on Saturday, January 10; Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza in Manhattan on Friday, January 16; Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia on Saturday, January 17; and the KSRE Agricultural Research Center in Hays on Tuesday, March 3. All who are involved with a family agricultural operation are encouraged to attend.

Visit the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services site for details.

Funding for this project was provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award Number 2012-49200-20032. Additional partners include: Frontier Farm Credit, Kansas Bankers Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Farm Management Association, Kansas Farmers Union and the USDA Farm Service Agency.

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