"It's never too early to start succession planning," say Darlene Livingston, executive director of Pennsylvania Farm Link. But she adds, "All too often, it's too late. So don't let it happen to you and your next-gen."
Many farmers are looking towards retiring, scaling back from farming or transitioning from a farm business to take on another adventure. If you're one of them, mark your calendar to attend one of the four upcoming "Farm Succession and Transition" workshops being held by Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to "creating farming opportunities for the next generation".
Many people think about the "next step". But taking it is often a bigger task than they first thought.
Determining a plan to transition the farm to a next generation – family or non-family – can be intimidating and complex. But organizations and professionals available to provide guidance and options are ready to help – and on the following workshop programs.
Workshop topics covered
•Financial feasibility of farm succession/transition.
•Options to make succession/transition possible.
•Legal perspectives of succession/transition.
•Labor and management options.
•Necessary management/leadership skill needs.
March 10: Horn O Plenty Freshtaurant, Bedford, Pa. Registration due Feb. 28 to Darlene Livingston, 717-705-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $12 per person or $20 for two.
March 19: Donohoe Center, Greensburg, Pa. Co-sponsored by Westmoreland County Agricultural Land Preservation and Pennsylvania Farm Link. Registration is free and due Mar. 3 to either Betty Reefer, 724-837-8971 or email email@example.com or Livingston.
March 29: Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa. Registration is due March 12 to Livingston. Cost: $12 per person or $20 for two people.
April 12: Bradford County Conservation District Stoll Natural Resource Center, Towanda, Pa. Registration due April 8 by contacting the Bradford County Conservation District at 570-265-5539, press press option 6. Cost: $12 per person or $20 for two people.
All attendees will receive a free copy of "Planning the Future of Your Farm"-Pennsylvania edition and lunch, plus a list of potential resources in the area to provide future assistance with a farm succession/transition plan. Ag Choice Farm Credit will be offering two "Smart Start Credits" to attendees..
For more workshop details, contact Livingston. Pennsylvania Farm Link Farm Succession and Transition workshops are supported by AgBiz Professionals, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and USDA.