Agriculture News

January 11, 2019

Workshops teach how to secure family farms for generations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension will offer 10 regional workshops on succession planning this winter. These meetings will teach family farm businesses how to plan for a transfer to the next generation. 

Subjects explored in the workshop include valuing assets, attorney tools, farm safety while aging in place, and building an advisory team. Additional topics focus on wills, LLCs, trusts and transfer on death basics. 

“The Succession Planning Team is continuing our efforts to offer timely information to help farm families navigate the maze to develop a succession plan for their farm operation and families. The topics offered are determined by input from past program participants,” said Kelly Heckaman, Extension Educator and County Extension Director. “We are also including local attorneys to help answer questions and to navigate the legal aspects of the process. We hope these three hour sessions help to answer some of the most common questions the team receives to get succession planning started.” 

Dates, times and locations are as follows:

Jan. 22, 9 a.m., Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen

Jan. 24, 1 p.m., Hancock County Extension Office, 802 Apple Street, Greenfield

Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Knox County Extension Office, 4259 N Purdue Road, Vincennes

Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office, 247 Atwood Street, Corydon

Jan. 30, 9 a.m., Benton County Extension Office, 410 S Adeway, Suite A, Fowler

Feb. 5, 1 p.m., Decatur County Extension Office, 545 S Co Road 200 W, Greensburg

Feb. 6, 9 a.m., Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City

Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Vermillion County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Road, Cayuga

Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Madison County Fairgrounds, 512 E 4th Street, Alexandria

March 5, 6 p.m., Monroe County Extension Office, 3400 Walnut Street, Bloomington 

To attend a workshop, registration must be completed one week prior at The cost to attend is $50 for the first four members of a family and $10 per each additional family member. 

The workshops provide an opportunity to hear from lawyers who are experts in succession and estate planning, including Michelle Adler, Tom Appel, Graham Dycus, Miriam Robeson and Jeff Washburn. 

For more information, contact Heckaman at 574-372-2340, or visit

Writer: Chad Campbell, 765-494-8402,

Source: Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;

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