Events November 30, 2018

Farm Transition and Estate Planning Retreats

Farm Transition and Estate Planning Retreat Planned for Willmar, Crookston, and Rochester

Minnesota State College and University System’s AgCentric and Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, will present a two-day farm transition and estate planning retreat for farm families.

The retreat will begin at 4 pm on Friday,  and conclude at 4 pm on Saturday, at each of the locations. This retreat is designed to be attended together by both the entering generation and retiring generation involved in a farm. Minnesota State Farm Business Management Instructor, Jim Molenaar, and UMN Extension Educator, Megan Roberts, will cover important farm transition topics including goal setting, family communication, and estate planning essentials. To see the flyer for the workshops click this link Estate planning brochure

A past participant of this program said that the retreat format is “a wonderful opportunity for families to help start the conversation needed to transition farm operations.”

To register for the event, please visit visit  or call 320-221-0219 to speak to Judy Barka with AgCentric. Registration is requested by February 15th  and the fee is $100 per farm family (up to five participants). Fees increase to $200 for individual registration.

Farm Business Management Workshops

There will also be one day workshops as an introductory workshop and will feature information on farm goal setting, family communication, business structure, mechanics for inheritance and transition. Participants will also learn about the Farm Business Management Program and SCORE mentoring.

One day workshops will be held from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on the following dates and locations:

Lamberton – Tuesday January 15
UMN Southwest Research & Outreach Center

Madison – Wednesday January 16
County Courthouse Multipurpose room

Goodhue – Tuesday January 22
AgPartners 101 Broadway Ave, Goodhue

Austin – Tuesday January 29
West Building,Riverland Comm College

Winthrop – Tuesday February 5
Hahn’s Fining & Lounge

Hinckley – Tuesday February 19
Cassidy’s Restaurant

Floodwood – Wednesday February 20
City Hall Meeting Room

Faribault – Thursday March 7
South Central College, Room A105 Faribault Campus

St. Cloud – Tuesday March 12
St. Cloud Tech College, Door 4

Alexandria – Wednesday March 13
Alexandria Tech College, Room 209/211

Thief River Falls – Tuesday March 26
Northland Comm & Tech College, Room 203 (West Entrance)

Detroit Lakes – Tuesday March 27
Minnesota State Comm & Tech College, Room C103

To register for one of these workshops please visit:

For more educational information, visit our page on farm transition.