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Published February 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

Nationally recognized speaker to present farm succession workshop

Stevens and Pope County Farm Bureau Federations have invited Dr. Ron Hanson from the University of Nebraska to speak as part of a workshop on family farm succession.

Stevens and Pope County Farm Bureau Federations have invited Dr. Ron Hanson from the University of Nebraska to speak as part of a workshop on family farm succession.

Professor Hanson is regarded as a widely traveled national speaker who shares an entertaining and motivating message with audiences on the importance of family and personal relationships with other family members when farming and working together in a family owned business operation.

Dr. Hanson currently serves as the Neal Harlan Professor of Agribusiness in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the only University of Nebraska professor to have received the prestigious USDA Excellence in University Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is the highest national teaching honor granted to a college professor in the area of agricultural and food sciences.

Hanson was raised on an Illinois family farm and earned his college degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois. He has counseled with Nebraska farm families for more than 30 years to help them resolve family conflicts in a more positive manner and to improve family relations through better communications. Hanson has been honored by both the Nebraska Ag Youth Council and the Nebraska FFA Foundation for his dedicated service to both rural youth and farm families in Nebraska.

The workshop scheduled for February 16 is entitled Continuing the Legacy of Family Farming. The seminar will identify and emphasize the “human” elements often overlooked in a family farming operation. Hanson will share “real-life” farm-ranch family experiences that can help others resolve or avoid these situations. The goal is to help family members stay on good terms and avoid “people” problems while farming together. Topics covered will include family communication and decision making, family financial planning and family estate planning.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held at Prairie Inn in Morris. Lunch is included and preregistration is required.

This event is sponsored by the Stevens and Pope County Farm Bureaus. For registration information, contact Deb Koehntop at (320) 795-2416 or via e-mail at dkoehnto@runestone.net or Greg Vold at (320) 424-0343 or via e-mail at grvold@yahoo.com.

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