Michigan Ag Expo's roots run deep in education. From equipment companies detailing new tractor features and seed companies explaining the complexity of a new hybrid to MSU staff members discussing the benefits of innovative management practices, Ag Expo offers a learning opportunity for nearly every interest.
As in years past, sessions this year feature several legal issues that farmers deal with regularly.
Resolving agricultural issues on agreeable terms
On occasion, producers and USDA agencies may disagree over farm-related matters such as loans or credit, wetlands, pesticides or crop insurance. Fortunately, producers and the agencies have a way to talk about solutions before they get to a stressful and expensive point — mediation. In mediation, a producer and the appropriate agency representative sit down with a trained, neutral facilitator to generate options that work for all concerned within the law. The mediator aids in communication — the participants make all the decisions. This presentation will explain how mediation works, why you should consider it and how to access services through the Michigan Agricultural Mediation Program.
The presentation, by David Gruber from the Agricultural Mediation Program, begins at 11 a.m. July 16, 17 and 18 in the CANR Tent.
Farming for the generations: Maximize the impact of your estate, succession and tax planning strategies
Learn about the use of buy-sell agreements and transfers with retained interests as part of the estate and succession planning process, as well as the use of defined-benefit plans as an estate planning tool for those considering retirement. This presentation will also examine choice of business entity and its impact on the estate and tax planning process, new rules affecting C corporations and S corporations, use of an LLC to reduce self-employment tax, and discounts for LLP and LLC interests in the estate planning process.
Information is being presented by Mike Fraleigh from Fraleigh Law Firm, PLLC, at 1:30 p.m. July 16, 17 and 18 in the CANR Tent.
Overview and current status of the Farm Bill
Join Rhoades McKee, PC, for an overview and update on the status of the proposed Farm Bill. Learn how the bill affects agriculture-related issues in Michigan such as pricing, federal research, conservation programs, and food stamp and subsidy programs, and how you can prepare your farm or agribusiness organization for the changes ahead due to the legislation.
This one-time presentation by Rhoades McKee attorneys and counselors begins at 10:30 a.m. July 16 in the CANR Tent.