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Farm/ranch succession coordinator training set

BISMARCK, N.D. -- More than 70 percent of U.S. farms are set to transition from one generation to another and 400 million-plus acres of farmland are expected to change hands during the next 15 years.

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BISMARCK, N.D. - More than 70 percent of U.S. farms are set to transition from one generation to another and 400 million-plus acres of farmland are expected to change hands during the next 15 years.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is training professionals to help these families with the transition.

The training program will be held Aug. 9-11 at the Career Academy on the Bismarck State College campus.

This training is offered specifically for agricultural professionals, service providers and organizational leaders who work with farmers and ranchers (owner and successor generations) on farm succession issues. These include attorneys, estate planners, accountants, tax planners, agricultural lenders, adult farm management instructors, financial advisers, retirement planners and anyone who will be working with farmers and ranchers as they transfer their business to the next generation.

John Baker, an attorney with the International Farm Transition Network and administrator of the Beginning Farmer Center at Iowa State University, is one of the presenters for the training. Baker has spent most of his professional career working with families on farm and ranch succession. The training draws on his lifetime of experiences, including national and international research on this topic.

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Other presenters are Mark Holkup, associate professor, farm business management education, Bismarck State College; Russ Tweiten, agribusiness consultant for AgCountry Farm Credit Services and Kiley Mars, human resource development specialist from Des Moines, Iowa.

NDSU Extension is offering the Farm Succession Coordinator program as a next step to strengthen its Design Your Succession Plan educational programming, which is being held throughout North Dakota for farm families to get started on succession plans.

Farm Succession Coordinator training participants will work individually through recommendations for a farm family as part of a case study that will be assigned following the course. Those who complete the training and case study work will be designated as certified succession coordinators. The NDSU Extension Service maintains a list of professionals with the certification and will share the list with farm and ranch families across the state.

The early bird registration fee is $875 if paid by March 31. After that, the fee is $925 if paid by June 30. A $50 late fee will be added for registrations after that date.

The training is limited to the first 30 professionals who register. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/prmzc3j.

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