Cultivating Your Farm Future

Register now for January 2020 workshops

Having intentional conversations around farm succession and developing future plans for the farm provides a better chance of transition success. Cultivating Your Farm’s Future helps farm business members and families through farm succession planning. Even if the owner generation is planning to be a part of the management for 10+ years from now, starting early can help the process go more smoothly. It provides the succession generation time to develop their management skills and provides the farm time to build or increase its financial stability to include another generation.


Overview of workshops

9:30 a.m.         Coffee, refreshments, check-in

10 a.m.            Resource Presentations (20 minutes each)

      • Tax implications around farm succession
      • Retirement resources
      • USDA Farm Service Agency loan programs
      • Business plans
      • Estate planning tools – wills and trusts
      • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis

12:30 p.m.       Lunch

1 p.m.              Q&A with all Resource Speakers (questions submitted on index cards over lunch)

1:30 pm           Individual meetings with Resource Professionals (10 -15 minutes with each professional)

2:30 pm           Evaluations/Adjourn

Follow up meetings will be offered in the host counties and will be based on feedback from the workshops’ participants. Farms can also request individual meetings with Extension educators and/or specialists or WDATCP’s Farm Center staff.

January 2020 meetings

Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, speakers and workshop materials. Access Disability Accommodations

Date Location Registration/Information Contact
Jan. 21, 2020 Walworth County Government Center
100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, WI
Extension Walworth County:
Jim Versweyveld, Extension agriculture educator or 262-741-4951
Jan. 27, 2020 Iowa County Health and Human Services Building
303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville, WI
Extension Green County:
Jackie McCarville, Extension agriculture educator or 608-328-9440
Feb. 25, 2020 Marshfield Ag Research Station
2611 Yellowstone Dr., Marshfield, WI
Extension Marathon County:
Heather Schlesser, Extension agriculture educator or 715-261-1230
Jan. 29, 2020 Dunn County Community Services Building
3001 US Hwy 12 East, Menomonie, WI
Extension Dunn County:
Katie Wantoch, Extension agriculture educator or 715-232-1636
Jan. 29, 2020 St. Joseph’s Ridge Greenfield Town Hall
N1800 Town Hall Road, La Crosse, WI
Extension La Crosse County:
Kaitlyn Lance, Extension agriculture educator or 608-785-9593
Feb. 11, 2020



Extension Ozaukee and Washington Counties:
Stephanie Plaster, Extension agriculture educator or 262-284-8288 (Ozaukee County) or 262-335-4477 (Washington County)
Feb. 26, 2020 Lawrence Town Hall
2400 Shady Ct., DePere, WI
Extension Brown County:
Liz Binversie, Extension agriculture educator or 920-391-4612