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Farm succession, transition workshops set for March, April

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

MONTGOMERY – PA Farm Link will hold two Farm Succession and Transition” workshops in the coming months, one in Lycoming County.

The sessions will benefit anyone who owns a farm and is considering retiring, scaling back or transitioning into another career. They will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19 at the Eagle Grange No. 1 Hall, Montgomery, and again on April 7 at the Farm Service Agency office on Route 68 in Butler.

Staff from PA Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to “linking farmers to the future,” will provide information on various aspects of creating a farm business succession/transition plan. Topics covered will include succession/transition from a legal perspective; estate planning and necessary documents; farm family communication dynamics and challenges; family meeting guidelines; and generational challenges and strategies.

Speakers will include attorney Jennifer Denchak Wetzel, of Lycoming County, and attorney Robert Clark, of Butler County; Jared Grissinger, of the state Department of Agriculture; and Darlene Livingston, of PA Farm Link.

Speakers will answer questions and breakout sessions will be held for both landowners and next generation to discuss their challenges and brainstorm solutions and strategies to address the issues. Certified International Farm Transition Network facilitators will be available to assist families in planning the next steps.

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and will be given a list of potential resources in the area to provide future assistance with a farm succession/transition plan.

Registration is required by March 4 for the Lycoming workshop and by March 24 for Butler. Registration can be completed online at www.pafarmlink.org, or by calling 717-705-2121.