AMES, Iowa — The International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) is offering training to become a Certificated Farm Succession Coordinator. The IFTN, a not-for-profit organization, supports programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers. The training will be held on Sept. 10 – 12 at the Pyle Center in Madison, Wis. This new training is intended for agriculture professionals who work with farm and ranch businesses on farm succession issues and want to offer a coordinated facilitation farm succession service to their agriculture clientele.
The economic future of the nation’s agriculture depends on the ability of a new generation to enter farming. Many farm or ranch businesses recognize the need to develop a succession plan and benefit from an outside facilitator leading their exploration of options and development of communication and conflict management strategies. Training participants will gain insights on barriers to farm/ranch succession, strategies on working with families, facilitation tools to keep the process moving and a chance to discuss real-life examples of farm succession conflicts they may have encountered in their work.
Registration fees for the three-day training is $600 for IFTN members, $750 for non-IFTN members (includes one year membership) and $500 for students. Register on line at: https://secure.uwex.edu/semtek/register/reg_session_info.cfm?sessionid=W...
A block of rooms at the Lowell Center, a block from the Pyle Center, is available to participants until Aug. 9. Rooms begin at $89 for single occupancy. Room reservations can be made one of two ways: online at bit.ly/farmtran09sep (case sensitive) or by calling (608) 256-2621 group code: FARMTRAN. For more information about the Lowell Center: http://conferencing.uwex.edu/lodging.cfm
For a detailed agenda and more information on this program, contact John Baker at the Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University, (515) 252-7815, firstname.lastname@example.org .This training is sponsored by the International Farm Transition Network, the UW Center for Dairy Profitability, Pennsylvania Farm Link and the North East Center for Risk Management Education.
Joy Kirkpatrick, University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability; 608-263-3485, email@example.com