December 3, 2020

Local Women Participate in Farm Transition Course

Annie's project - 2 photo Palo Alto Emmet

Managing for Today and Tomorrow focuses on the management processes and decision needed to make successful farm operation transitions. Front Row: Michelle Jensen, Stacy Christensen, Jody Leuer, Kathleen Graves. Back Row: Angie Strohman, Carmen Schacherer, Renee Chism, Kim Hoffman, Marilyn Gappa, Nancy Rosbuug, Britney Rosburg.

Area women wanting to learn more about transition planning benefited from participating in Managing for Today and Tomorrow which is an Annie’s Project Course.

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a new Annie’s Project course for women, is divided into the following planning areas:
• Succession Planning -Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations.
• Business Planning – Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth.
• Estate Planning – Managing an individual’s asset base in one’s lifetime, at death or after death.
• Retirement Planning – Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.

This program is a five week course that brings in local speakers and Iowa State Field Specialists to teach various topics related to transition and succession planning. Managing Today and Tomorrow creates a safe haven environment for women involved in agriculture to ask questions and learn from each other as well as the local professionals.

“Farm transitioning is not intuitive or easy to do,” said Angie Strohman, Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Palo Alto County. “This course offered information from knowledgeable educators and experienced professionals which benefited the participants and the future of their operations. Participants now know of resources available to make those difficult decisions easier.”

Managing Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30584. This new Annie’s Project course is offered by state university extension programs, Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit National Contributions Program, and several local Farm Credit associations. This local program was also sponsored by MaxYield Cooperative, and Iowa State University and Outreach in Emmet and Palo Alto Counties.

This is the first time the Managing for Today and Tomorrow program has been offered in Emmet and Palo Alto counties. Iowa State Extension and Outreach plans to continue offering programs for women in agriculture and is planning an Annie’s Project and Grain Marketing focus groups for the next year. If anyone is interested in learning more about these programs, contact Angie Strohman, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator in Palo Alto County 712-852-2865 or by email: angies@iastate.edu.

Photo Caption: Managing for Today and Tomorrow focuses on the management processes and decision needed to make successful farm operation transitions. Front Row: Michelle Jensen, Stacy Christensen, Jody Leuer, Kathleen Graves. Back Row: Angie Strohman, Carmen Schacherer, Renee Chism, Kim Hoffman, Marilyn Gappa, Nancy Rosbuug, Britney Rosburg.

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