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Workshop for retiring farmers offered online

Workshop for retiring farmers offered online

Farmland values

Though real estate numbers remained strong and farmland appreciation continuing at its normal speed, farmland sales took a hit from COVID-19 inactivity. 

Are you a farmland owner or retiring farmer looking to transition ownership or rent your farmland in ways that reflect your values? The Land Stewardship Project is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help you act on your conservation and social values.

The Land Stewardship Project has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health.

“As a landowner, you have the power to determine the legacy of your land — that decision is the most important decision you can make,” said Bill McMillin, a retired southeastern Minnesota farmer who, with his wife Bonnie, recently transitioned the family farm to a non-related beginning farmer-neighbor.

The dates and times for the workshops are:

  • Jan. 12: Renting it Out Right – Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources, 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Jan. 19: Farm Transitions Introductory Overview, 1-3 p.m.
  • Jan. 20: Renting it Out Right – Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Jan. 21: Farm Transitions Introductory Overview, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 29: Women Renting it Out Right: Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources (women only session), 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Feb. 2: Goal Setting for Life & Land with Holistic Educator Cree Bradley, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 9: Soil Health with NRCS's Kristin Brennan, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 16: Financial Considerations with Megan Roberts, Extension Educator, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 23: Legal Considerations with Attorney Jason Wagner, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • March 2: Conservation Programs & Easements for Farmland, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • March 9: Long Term Care Considerations with Attorney Kate Graham, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, see www.landstewardshipproject.org/workshops or contact Robin Moore at rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org or Karen Stettler at stettler@landstewardshipproject.org.

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