Design Your Succession Plan for Farmers and Ranchers - Underwood

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Underwood, ND

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About the Program

The first step is the hardest. Creating a succession plan takes time, effort, family communication and working with professionals. Design Your Succession Plan will help you explore what you want for your business, how to discuss it in the family and how to get started creating a succession plan. It also will help you choose and prepare to work with professionals who will make the plan legal and viable.

This program will explore the four components of succession planning: planning for your business, retirement, transition and estate.

You will be prepared to communicate, write, plan, vision and shape the legacy of your family farm/ranch business, as well as save hundreds of dollars by completing these crucial planning steps before visiting with professionals.

You will receive a resource binder and a workbook to use during and after the sessions. Starting the workbook during class will give you a jumpstart on your succession plan. When you leave the program, you will be motivated to continue communicating and working on the family farm/ranch legacy. 

Family members sitting on a couch conversing

Who should attend?

This program is for families who want to shape the future ownership of their family farm or ranch – the family legacy – whether that is transferring a viable business to the next generation or determining how to divide farm/ranch assets.

Even if you have attended other transition, estate, or succession planning classes, consider attending this program to get a start on your succession plan.

Program Dates

Attendees should plan to attend all three sessions: February 1, 6 and 8 in 2024. Make up day Feb. 13 if there's a weather cancellation. 


Fees for this workshop are structured to encourage family members to participate together. The registration fee of $175 for the first family member covers the cost of meeting expenses and includes a resource binder and workbook.  Additional family members from the same operation may attend for $50 each which includes a workbook. Additional resource binders may be purchased for $75 each.


Food will be catered by the Rusted Rail in Underwood.

  • Session 1 (Feb. 1) - Taco Bar
  • Session 2 (Feb. 6) -  Soup and Sandwich
  • Session 3 (Feb 8) - Ribs

Refund Policy

A full refund will be made if cancellation notice is received at least two weeks before the start of the program by calling the site you will attend. NO REFUND will be given for no-shows or cancellations less than two weeks before the start of the program.

Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations to participate in NDSU-sponsored programs and events. To request an accommodation(s), please contact the location you will be attending at least one week before the workshop to make arrangements. 


Funding assistance received from

  • NDSU Extension 

  • North Dakota Annie’s Project

  • North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation


Participant Quotes

  • “It is often hard to start the conversation and through this workshop we now have the tools.”  
  • “Very interesting, made me so much more aware of the importance of planning.” 
  • “Having our son register us for this program was the best Christmas gift we ever received.”

In addition, attorneys reviewing this program have applauded NDSU Extension for giving families a roadmap to communicate 
together before visiting the attorney’s office.

Contact Information

Contact Information

McLean County Extension

Requests for accommodations related to disability should be made to the event contact person at least two weeks in advance of the event.