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Most people are aware that America’s farming and ranching population is aging—do you have a plan to hand down your farm or ranch to the next generation?
Sara Miller, economic development specialist at the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) will present a two-part workshop on January 17 and 31, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center (676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, Ore.) to address making a succession plan for a farm, ranch, or forestry operation. This workshop was designed by Oregon State University’s Extension Service to give owners the tools to work with their families and create a succession plan that is good for the family and good for the operation.
You probably hope the work you’ve started on your farm will continue past your lifetime, and that future generations will benefit from your efforts,” says Miller. “But hope is not a plan. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan.
Ties to the Land is a mix of presentations and practical exercises that will give farm/ranch owners the opportunity to:
• Clarify values and goals
• Gain awareness of key challenges and tools to deal with them
• Determine heirs’ interests
• Identify steps to succession-planning
• Learn tips for holding effective family meetings
• Learn about legal and financial instruments that can support their plan
• Prepare to meet with the professionals who can finalize a plan
Registration is $50 for the first member of an operation/family and $10 for additional members, plus $25 for OSU’s succession-planning handbook. Registration deadline: January 10, 2014; payment will be made at the door prior to the first session (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). To register or for more information, please contact Sara Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.
Partners for this workshop: Oregon Rural Action, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Four Rivers Cultural Center & Museum, The Nichols Accounting Group P.C.