Performance and discussion in Okoboji focuses on farmland transfer

Release Date: 

03/22/2019

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

OKOBOJI, IOWA – 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 even started to think that far ahead?

“Map of My Kingdom,” a play focusing on farmland transfer, will be presented on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 US 71, Okoboji, Iowa. Admission is free, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Practical Farmers of Iowa.

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 Iowa farmers is around 57.1 years old.”

The featured actor is Erika Kuhn. An open discussion will follow the performance with Playwright Mary Swander.

An additional  “Map of My Kingdom” performance in Iowa, co-hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa, is set for Waterloo on April 13. Nebraska performances are scheduled for West Point on May 7 and Norfolk on May 9.