Managing for the Future: Beginning Farms and Land Transitions Workshop - Norfolk, Neb.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

An evening workshop offering presentation and guidance on starting a new farming business and successfully managing land transitions. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Who: Aspiring farmers, agriculture students, and current landowners experiencing transitions

When: Feb 19, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 701 W Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, Nebraska 68701

Cost: Free

Landowners and beginning farmers are facing a plethora of decisions when it comes to managing their land. Landowners face questions related to retirement and what’s best for their property and families while beginners contemplate their business decisions and how they can operate in an uncertain environment. By bringing these groups together, we can start conversations between the two and build key relationships.

This workshop will include professionally led discussions on how beginning farmers and landowners can connect and partner while offering an hour-long breakout session for each group to tackle specific challenges.

Beginning farmers will receive guidance and resources on access to land and financing, loan options, risk management, and feasibility studies.

Current landowners will be presented topics such as estate planning, tax guidance, and transfer management.

Specific resources will also be available to female farmers and landowners.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dave Goeller, retired deputy director North Central Risk management center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and resource provider at Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. Dave spent his career farming and specializes in business succession farm management.

Beginning farmer discussions will be led by Erin Schoenberg, project associate at the Center for Rural Affairs.

This event is made possible by funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant.