2013-02-14 / Top News

Annie’s Project course in Ashley: Managing for Today and Tomorrow

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women can have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a newAnnie’s Project course for women, is being offered in Ashley and Minot.

This program is being piloted for the first time in both Ashley and Minot. Five weekly, three-hour sessions will be offered Tuesday afternoons on March 5, 12, 19, 25 and April 2, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. Classes will be held at the McIntosh County Courtroom in Ashley, and Ward County classes are being held at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot.

The Early Bird registration by Feb. 19 is $100 or $125 Registration Feb. 20 through March 1. This cost includes a 260-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities and presentations. Course size is limited and registration is due by March 1.

Alimited number of scholarships are available when signing up for the classes in both locations.

For more information contact Crystal Schaunaman (crystal.schaunaman@ndsu.edu) at (701) 288- 3465 or Paige Brummund (paige.f.brummund@ndsu.edu) at (701) 857-6444. Farm women may also register online at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ mcintoshcountyextension/ events or www.ag.ndsu.edu/ wardcountyextension/managing for-today-tomorrow.

The program is divided into the following planning areas:

• Succession Planning —Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations.

• Business Planning—Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth.

• Estate Planning—Managing an individual’s asset base in ones’lifetime, at death or after death.

• Retirement Planning— Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.

Extension specialists and local professionals will teach the sessions on business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Besides brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home. This is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. A small class size will make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and have questions answered.

Managing Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. The course is offered by state university extension programs, Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit National Contributions Program and several local Farm Credit associations.

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