Managing for Today and Tomorrow course offered.

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Palo Alto and Emmet Counties. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, a new Annie’s Project course, has been scheduled for this fall in Graettinger at EPS on Tuesday evenings; August 19 through September 16.
The cost is $75 per person, which includes a 300-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations. A light supper will be served before each class at 5:30 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.  
Farm women from all ages and stages in life will benefit from this program by learning about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 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.
 
“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Emmet and Palo Alto County,” said Britney Rosburg, Emmet County Program Educator, “This farm transition course is an opportunity for not only farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns but also for any women who wants to learn more about the topics. It’s never too early, or too late to talk and learn about planning for the future. We limit the size of the class to make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and get questions answered.”
Annie’s Project, an agricultural risk management education program for women, has successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 30 states. “This new Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next,” said Melissa O’Rourke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm and AgriBusiness Management Specialist “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms,” continues O’Rourke. “Farm Credit Services of America is a statewide sponsor of Annie’s Project courses.”
For more information contact Britney Rosburg, Emmet County Program Educator at (712) 362-3434 or britneyr@iastate.edu or Angie Strohman at the Palo Alto County Extension Office at (712) 852-2865 or angies@iastate.edu. Farm women may also register online at: www.aep.iastate.edu/annie/

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