Registration Now Open for Farm and Agribusiness Succession Workshop Aug. 29 in Spirit Lake

Registration Now Open for Farm and Agribusiness Succession Workshop Aug. 29 in Spirit Lake

Local ag producers and businesses reminded of the importance of succession and transition planning with education and assistance offered at upcoming workshop

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a Farm and Agribusiness Succession workshop on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The workshop is open to farmers, agribusinesses and other related groups wanting to learn more about successful ag succession and transition.

The four-hour workshop will feature four notable agriculture succession experts.

“We see a reoccurring need in the Northwest Iowa agriculture community for education on successful succession, whether that be in farming or other agribusiness,” said Katie Goodell, Dickinson County Ag Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, who is hosting the event. “Transition and succession are difficult topics to broach with family members; but, it is even more difficult if plans are not set in place and communicated before the need for them arises.”

Goodell shared that the workshop will focus on an enterprise’s goals, vision and values, with the presenters discussing effective communication, S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting and ways in which the family farm business can be looked at and managed as a system.

Key presentations include:

·         “Succession/Transition,” presented by Gary Wright, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach;

·         “Beginning Farmer Loan and Tax Credit Programs,” presented by Steve Ferguson, Ag Development Program Specialist with the Iowa Finance Authority;

·         “Farm Succession Planning Considerations,” presented by Kitt Tovar, Legal Consultant with the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation;

·         “Farm Succession Ideas for a Successful and Harmonious Transition,” presented by David Baker, Director of the ISU Extension Beginning Farmer Center.

“We have recruited experts in this field and asked them to come to Spirit Lake to help guide Northwest Iowa farmers and businesses,” Goodell said. “Our goal is that attendees will leave with a better understanding of farm and agribusiness succession, some ideas for what will work for their own enterprise and contact information for people who can help them set their ideas into motion.”

The workshop will be hosted from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office located at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds (1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake). Supper will be provided.

Registration for the program is $25 per person, which covers all materials, presentations and an evening meal. Registration deadline is Aug. 22. Individuals can register online at or by contacting Katie at 712-336-3488 or Any questions can also be directed to Katie at 712-336-3488.

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