SDSU Extension staff offers unique workshops to answer questions involved with estate planning and aid in planning for farm transitions. The Sustaining the Legacy-Estate Planning and Farm Transitions Conferences, developed for all parties involved in the farm or ranch operation will be held in several locations throughout South Dakota beginning January 7, 2015.

"These workshops will provide attendees with information on how to pass their operation on to the next generation, to develop a fair estate plan for all heirs; reduce family friction due to the transition of assets; develop a plan that maintains privacy; and develop a plan that fulfills their goals for the operation," said Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.

Why a transition plan is necessary:

As the average age of South Dakota producers continues to climb; the value of the estate climbs as well, creating situations where the next generation to the operation could not afford to buy it outright without some type of business plan, purchase plan, and/or estate plan, explains Gessner.

"Producers have invested years in their operation. I know three days is a lot to be away, but think of it as an investment in the future of your operation. Just like the time you invest selecting your next herd sire, or seed variety," she said.

Sustaining the Legacy-Estate Planning and Farm Transitions Conferences

The conference provides farmers and ranchers with three days full of information on creating their plan no matter how big or small the operation. The conference will also cover the following topics: business structures, goals, asset distribution, wills and probate, retirement planning and funding, fair versus equal distribution, taxes, life insurance, long term care insurance and trusts.

All members involved in the operation encouraged to attend together.

Lemmon - January 7, 14 and 21, 2015, SDSU Extension Regional Center in Lemmon (408 8th St. W)

Mitchell - January 7, 14 and 21, 2015, SDSU Extension Regional Center in Mitchell (1800 E. Spruce St.)

Aberdeen - January 9, 16 and 23, 2015, SDSU Extension Regional Center  in Aberdeen Regional (13 Second Ave. SE)

Winner - January 9, 16 and 23, 2015, SDSU Extension Regional Center  in Winner (325 S. Monroe St.)

Yankton - February 11, 18 and 25, 2015, JoDean's, (30653 US Highway 81)

Huron - February 13, 20 and 27, 2015, Location is to Be Determined

reasons to attend:

  • Preservation of assets in case long-term care facilities are needed for any of the family members involved in the operation.
  • Many producers do not have heirs coming back to the operation. In these cases the disposal of the assets needs to occur in a manner that provides income and stability throughout retirement.
  • Large operations have tax concerns that must be addresses to help preserve the operation.
  • Confusion and uncertainty about the tools available and where to go for assistance putting the plan together is high. 

For registration brochures visit the iGrow event tab and find the location nearest you. For additional information or to register, contact Gessner at 605.782.3290. Make checks out to SDSU Extension; 2001 E. 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

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