Farming transition program offered for women



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There is no “one size” fits all solution when it comes to farm transitions. Developing a viable transition and succession plan is a major undertaking and can be challenging. However, it is completely necessary to have these plans in place future success of the farm and productivity. Women play a vital role in helping their families navigate the transition planning process and making these important decisions.

Purdue Extension in cooperation with Annie’s Project is offering a five-session course where women can learn and be better equipped to plan and execute a successful farm transition. The Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning program, a course designed by Annie’s Project, has been scheduled for this December virtually via zoom on Dec. 5, 7, 9, 12, and 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Women will learn about business, estate, retirement, and succession planning from Purdue Extension 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. The cost is $25 per participant, which includes a 300- page workbook with fact sheets, interactive activities, and presentations. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Indiana,” said Beth Vansickle, Purdue Extension Educator, and program chair. “This farm transition course is an opportunity for 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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in agriculture to be successful through education, networks, and resources. The organization provides agricultural risk management education programs for women involved in agriculture. Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 18,000 women in 38 states and one U.S. territory.

“This Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next,” said Beth Vansickle, Purdue Extension Educator. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms,” continues Vansickle “Farm Credit Mid-America is a statewide sponsor of this course.”

For more information contact Jennifer Logue at 765-458-5055 or loguej@purdue.edu; Online registration is available at tinyurl.com/M42AT by Nov. 28. If you require special accommodations, please contact Jennifer Logue by Nov. 28. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.anniesproject.org.

Andrew Westfall is the White County Ag and Natural Resources Extension Coordinator. He can be reached at awestfal@purdue.edu.

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