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Developing next generation of farm managers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Jan. 30-31 workshop at Purdue University will include information on how to bring the new generation into the farm as smoothly as possible.

The 29th annual Farming Together will provide information and work time to develop answers for many issues involved with bringing a new manager into the operation. It also will provide an opportunity for participants and potential new partners to begin making decisions together about their farm operation’s future.

“As the farming industry is going through a new era with prices and input costs higher than ever seen before, it is a situation that needs to be thought through when bringing in the next generation,” said Alan Miller, Purdue Extension farm business management specialist. “This workshop offers the opportunity for partners to come in and examine their operation and how they are going to move into the future.”

During the two-day conference, participants will work with Purdue Extension specialists on topics that are important to making transitions on the farm.

“This workshop is a great way for participants to sit down and work through some of the difficult questions or situations they think they may face,” Miller said. “Specialists will be available and bring an outside perspective to help address the problem.”

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Effective communication in the family business, Janet Ayers, Purdue Extension leadership specialist.
  • Developing a shared vision for the future of your farm, Maria Marshall, Purdue Extension small business development specialist.
  • Developing a management succession plan, Miller.
  • Farming together — assessing your resources, Craig Dobbins, Purdue Extension farm business management specialist.
  • Farming together — working with family and staying friends, Robert Taylor, Purdue Extension farm business management specialist.
  • Legal question-and-answer session, Gerald Harrison, legal affairs specialist and attorney.

Registration is $120 per farm before Jan. 15. After Jan. 15, registration is $150.

Registered participants will receive a packet, which will include an assessment to be completed and returned prior to attending the workshop. More information about the workshop is available at

For more information or to request a registration form in a different format, contact Marsha Slopsema at (765) 494-4310, or Miller at (765) 494-4203,

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