2012 PRESS RELEASES
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January 26, 2012
FARM TRANSITION WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 11 IN CHATHAM, VIRGINIA
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
The Office of Farmland Preservation of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has announced, in partnership with the Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Committee, the second of three Farm Link and Transition Pilot Workshops to take place February 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia. Click here for information and registration details.
“We are concerned about the loss of working farmland in Virginia, and want to ensure that this land continues to be farmed into the future” said VDACS Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr. “To that end we want to help farm owners set up a plan for a seamless transition from one generation to the next. At the same time, we want to provide assistance to existing farmers interested in expanding their farm operation, and to beginning farmers who are just starting to take the first step”
The morning agenda includes a case study that addresses farm transition issues and three breakout sessions. Breakout 1 is a session for farm owners with presentations on legal and tax issues in farm transition; leasing, work purchase and financing options; and how to assemble a team of professionals. Breakout 2 is a session for existing farmers with presentations on lease agreements; production management; financial assistance; legal, tax and estate planning for transitioning farmers; liability and insurance issues; and assembling a team of professionals. Breakout 3 is for beginning farmers and new landowners and covers the basics of Whole Farm Planning; resources for beginning farmers; and basics of financial planning and financial assistance for beginning farmers.
After a free lunch provided at the Ag Complex, afternoon sessions will share the top issues from the breakout sessions. A panel discussion will help attendees think through the transition process with real examples of success and challenges on the farm. The farm version of speed dating will try to match the understanding of farm owners with that of farm seekers. The final presentation will put it all together with discussions of the next steps for farm transition plans and ways that VDACS and Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee can assist. The day will close with additional time for interaction between farm owners and farm seekers.
The workshop is free but participants need to register ahead of time. Interested parties should click here for more information, or contact Kevin Schmidt in VDACS’ Office of Farmland Preservation: 804.786.1346 or email@example.com.