Below we list a number of useful resources you can use to begin the planning process and make farm succession and land transfer easier:- Agweb hosts the Farm Journal Legacy Project which provides numerous resources for succession planning. Taking some time to browse this site is a great way to start thinking an learning about farm succession. Need encouragement to get started? Check out the Legacy Project 2010 Report. Register for Legacy Project Workshops – in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Help them help you… please have someone from each generation of your family take a few moments to participate in the Legacy Project Survey. - http://www.passingdownthefarm.com/ hosts a blog, toolkit, and lots of useful information about estate planning, strategic business planning, and many other resources related to succession planning. - University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension has good information on How to Start Farm Succession Planning; How to Prepare the Generations; How to Talk about Farm Succession Planning; How to Transition from Discussion to Documentation; and How to Plan for Life After Farming. - Iowa State University Extension's Farm Management Page is a great starting point for resources on succession (and other farm business planning issues) including their Farm On Program; the Ag Link farm succession training program; and a number of useful On Line Publications about farm transfer, taxes, estate planning, buy-sell agreements, and much much more.- University of Minnesota Extension manages a Program for Farm Transfer and Estate Planning and also has a number of useful free publications on Transferring the Farm and Estate Planning. - Ag Transitions from The Center for Farm Financial Management and University of Minnesota is a comprehensive tool designed to help farmers & ranchers develop a plan to transition their business to the next generation. - The Farm Transfer Network of New England is a collaboration between a number of universities, and if a fantastic place to find resources and learn where to get help with succession planning and other aspects of farm business and farm transfer. - Land for good has a Farm Transfer Planning Program that offers facilitation, technical assistance, and training in all areas related to farm succession and transfer. - Transferring Your Farm or Ranch to the Next Generation is a publication from Montana State University that talks about farm succession and has worksheets to help identify the issues and opportunities. - Jacob Simmons has a great website about Understanding Land Transfer Tax. - Spokane, WA County Extension has a list of links useful Publications of Farm Succession Planning. - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has a Farm Transfer, Succession, and Retirement Planning Page which has a number of original publications and resources, and links to others. - Iowa State University Extension has a Publication Series for Two-generation Farms that includes: Step 1: Getting Started; Step 2: Selecting a Business Arrangement; Step 3: Making it Work;Transferring Machinery and Livestock. - The University of Maryland has a good FactSheet called Estate Planning for Farm Families. - Farmers National has a page with a lot of good information and resources on farm succession planning.
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