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News Release

Annie’s Project Course Helps Farm Women Make Farm Transitions Work

It’s not always easy to understand why farm families, especially fathers and sons, have such a hard time communicating about the future of their farms.  Farmers and their kids work together to make big decisions all the time – “Should we come back to the farm?  Should we add an enterprise?  Should we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment or land?”  However, when it comes to the long-term important stuff – “Who’s going to farm this when I’m gone?  Do they know everything they need to know to succeed?  How do we divvy things up between the kids?” – sometimes these topics will go undiscussed until the reading of a will.

Motivating and facilitating these kinds of discussions regularly falls on the shoulders of farm women, including wives, mothers, daughters, and even in-laws.  “Women are often the glue that holds a family together during a farm transition process, and they need to be well-equipped with information and strategies to make things go as smoothly as possible,” says Andy Larson, Small Farms Educator for University of Illinois Extension.  “Family members often have compatible visions for the future of the farm, but sometimes the devil is in the details regarding ownership, management, and timing.”

Farm women who want to learn how to plan a successful farm transition should consider attending “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning,” a multi-session course offered by University of Illinois Extension in cooperation with Annie's Project – Education for Farm Women.  Participants will learn about business planning, estate planning, retirement planning, and succession planning from Extension educators and other area professionals in business, finance, and law. In addition to presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for families. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow allows women to meet others facing the same issues, and empowers them to take ownership of the future of their family farms,” adds Larson. 

Managing for Today and Tomorrow has been scheduled for this March at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau building in Sycamore on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30; March 7 through March 28.  The cost is $60 per person, which includes a 300-page workbook with fact sheets, activities, and presentations.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ 

For more information, contact University of Illinois Extension at 815-758-8194 or andylars@illinois.edu.  Information about Annie’s Project can be found at www.AnniesProject.org.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your Extension office.