Performance and discussion in Ord focuses on farmland transfer

Release Date: 

02/08/2019

Contact(s): 

Sandra Renner, project associate, sandrar@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1009; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1025

ORD NEBRASKA – Who’s going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you started to think that far ahead?

“Map of My Kingdom,” a play focusing on farmland transfer, will be presented on Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at The Golden Husk, 129 S 16th St., Ord, Nebraska. Admission is free, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

The drama tackling land transition is by Mary Swander, and commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa. In the play, a lawyer and mediator share stories of how farmers and landowners approach land successions.

“We hope this play will inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait,” said Sandra Renner, project associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. “In the next 10 to 15 years, a tremendous amount of land transfer will take place as the average age of Nebraska farmers is around 55.7 years old.”

The featured actor is Lindsay Bauer, a theatre educator from northwest Iowa. An open discussion will follow the performance with Dave Goeller, retired deputy director of North Central Risk Management Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Ord performance is held in conjunction with the annual Nebraska Agri-Eco Tourism conference.

Additional dates in Nebraska for “Map of My Kingdom” are set for March 2 in Brownville, May 7 in West Point, and May 9 in Norfolk. Iowa performances, co-hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa, are set for March 1 in Fairfield, March 8 in Iowa City, March 9 in Jefferson, March 10 in Ames, April 11 in Milford, and April 13 in Waterloo.