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Extension Service farm/ranch transition planning classes set

NDSU Extension Service has scheduled a series of farm/ranch transition planning workshops on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The sessions will run from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time and 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at the following locations across the state:

  • Beach High School, 600 Central Ave. N.
  • Carrington Research Extension Center, 663 U.S. Highway 281 N.E.
  • Center/Stanton High School, 315 Lincoln Ave. N., Center
  • Divide County Courthouse Farmers Room, 300 2nd Ave. N., Crosby
  • Grant County High School, 110 W St. N., Elgin
  • Hettinger Research Extension Center, 102 U.S. Highway 12 W.
  • Killdeer Public School, 101 High St. N.W.
  • Mandan Northern Great Plains, N.D. Highway 6 South
  • Mott High School, 205 Dakota Ave.
  • Richland County Extension office, courthouse, 418 2nd Ave. N., Wahpeton
  • Williston Research Extension Center, 14120 U.S. Highway 2
  • Wishek Elementary School, 100 Badger St. S.

The sessions will have a combination of presentations via the North Dakota Interactive Video Network and from local experts at each location. Attending all three sessions is important.

Topics for the first session are why you should plan your estate, who should be involved, what materials you'll need and the importance of communication among family members. The IVN presenter will be John Baker, Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University. 

Session 2 will address farm succession planning, and tax and economic consequences of asset transfer strategies. The IVN presenter will be Andy Zenk, agribusiness consultant, AgCountry/Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks.

Session 3 will cover farm business arrangements, including the pros and cons of different types of business organizations for farmers and ranchers in North Dakota. The IVN presenter will be Judith Howard, an attorney from Minot.

For registration information, contact the Extension agent at the site you want to attend.

Registration forms and online registration, are available at Click on Farm/Ranch Transition Planning, then Transition Planning Registration Form at the bottom of the page. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should register as soon as possible because seating is limited at most of the sites.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Extension office in the county with the session you want to attend or Huot at 701-780-8229 or

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