Farm Succession Coordinator Certification Training Offered in September

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:

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 (case sensitive) or by calling (608) 256-2621 group code: FARMTRAN. For more information about the Lowell Center:

For a detailed agenda and more information on this program, contact John Baker at the Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University, (515) 252-7815, .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.


Additional Contact:
Joy Kirkpatrick, University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability; 608-263-3485,