Certified Farm Succession Coordinator Training Now Offered Virtually – Jamestown Sun

The Certified Farm Succession Coordinator training originally scheduled as in-person training moved to a virtual format on August 29-30 and September 13.

The training offers the opportunity for individuals to become a Certified Farm Succession Coordinator. It is hosted by the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin, in collaboration with the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) and North Dakota State University Extension.

The virtual training will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Participants must attend all three days to be eligible for certification. Registration is mandatory before August 18.

Lawyers, accountants, lenders, extension educators, financial advisors, farm/ranch mediators, and anyone who wishes to specialize in farm succession planning are welcome to participate. This training is approved for 14.75 ND CLE credits plus 2.0 ND Ethics credits for a total of 16.75 ND CLE credits through the North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education.

“The economic future of our nation’s agriculture depends on the next generation’s ability to access land and business assets,” says Carrie Johnson, NDSU Extension’s associate director for family and community wellbeing. “Many farm and ranch operators realize the importance of creating a succession plan. The agricultural service professionals who work with these farms and ranches recognize that it takes more than a business structure or estate plan to transfer these assets to the next generation of managers. Succession planning also includes management transfer, inheritance issues, and (surprise!) humans with emotions.

This training will offer:

  • Overview of obstacles to farm succession.
  • Strategies for working with families as they manage farm succession.
  • Facilitation tools to guide the process.
  • Opportunities to examine concrete examples of farm succession case studies.

The instructors for this training are Kiley Fleming, executive director of the Iowa Mediation Service, and Joy Kirkpatrick, farm succession specialist at the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin. Fleming and Kirkpatrick have been the instructors for this training since its inception in 2012. They bring over 35 years of combined succession planning experience to the training.
The registration fee is $950 per person. A $50 per person discount is available for organizations enrolling three or more people in the same purchase. Fees include membership in the International Agricultural Transition Network 2022-2023. For more information or to register, visit ndsu.ag/farm-succession.

For more information, contact Kirkpatrick at joy.kirkpatrick@wisc.edu or 608-263-3485.