Informational Workshops for Area Farmers

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Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs,, Roy Miller, First National Bank Northeast,, Tracy Denton, Central Valley Cooperative,,
LYONS, NE – Dr. Ronald J. Hanson, Neal E. Harlan Professor of Agribusiness in the Department of Agricultural Economics at UNL, will kick off the first of four farm success workshops beginning on January 6th. Dr. Hanson will present from 6-9 pm on intergenerational farm transfer and family relationships.
Dr. Hanson commented on the popularity of his presentation, "The response to this program on farm family business ownership succession has been overwhelming (far exceeding the response that I ever anticipated).  The popularity of this program results from talking about the 'what if family issues' that most families actually avoid discussing or just pretend will never happen. These are the real life family issues that everyone encounters when dealing with this transfer of farmland ownership as well as passing on management control of a family farm (or family business).  Whenever I presented this topic at a meeting program, I have to rush at the end to finish the material because of the questions and interaction from the audience. Your workshop participants will be talking about this presentation for years to come. That is a personal guarantee."    Farmers are faced with tough decisions, whether they are just getting into farming, in the middle of their career, or considering transferring the farm to the next generation. The Center for Rural Affairs, Central Valley Agriculture Cooperative and First National Bank Northeast are sponsoring a series of workshops designed to inform and educate as well as improve farmers' financial future and the future of their businesses.  The workshops will be held from 6-9 pm each Tuesday night in January in the East Hub conference room, lower level at the Central Valley Ag Co-op facility, located just west of Highway 77, 3 miles north of Oakland or 4 miles south of Lyons (1007 County Road O and Highway 77). Dave Goeller, UNL Extension Transition Specialist,  will give a presentation and lead discussion on transferring a farm or ranch, including financing programs and incentives for beginning and retiring farmers on January 13. The January 20 session will feature a presentation by Cal Rogers of FC Stone on Grain Marketing and the new ACRE option in the farm bill by Brad Lubben, Extension Public Policy Specialist with the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The last workshop in the series held on January 27 will cover High Value Markets. Richard Ness, UNL Extension Niche Pork Specialist, will talk about opportunities in alternative pork production, niche markets and production systems. Joining him will be Martin Kleinschmit, Center for Rural Affairs research associate, to talk about markets for organic crops and livestock, USDA incentive payments for transition to organics, and the procedures for organic certification.  

The workshops are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

For further information contact Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs, Roy Miller, President, First National Bank Northeast, Lyons, NE or Tracy Denton, Grain Origination/Logistics Supervisor, Central Valley Cooperative, Oakland Nebraska.

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