Ties to the Land: Keeping Family Farms and Forests in the Family

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

February 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM

Location: Cortland, NY - NYS Grange Headquarters

Phone: 607-254-6556

Email: mlm394@cornell.edu

Link: http://SuccessionPlanning.ning.com

Event Description

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM EDT

On Saturday, March 10th the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Succession Planning workshop about keeping family lands in the family. The workshop will be held at the New York State Grange Headquarters off of Clinton Avenue from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

This day-long workshop will explore Succession Planning -- the human side of estate planning. It will focus on maintaining family ties to the land from generation to generation, coaching families in developing the techniques and communication skills they need to address the tough issues and decide the future of their land. This interactive workshop is facilitated by Dr. Shorna Broussard Allred of Cornell University Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the NY Agricultural Land Trust, the Cortland County Farm Bureau and regional chapters of the NY Forest Owners Association.

During the first half of the workshop, participants will gain information about the basics of succession planning, overcoming communication issues, and will learn about the elements and structure of a succession plan. The second half of the workshop focuses on specific tools that can be used in implementing a succession plan and will include panel presentations and discussions with local experts and landowners. Topics include determining your heirs’ interest, clarifying your values and goals, organizing effective family meetings, and legal and financial instruments.

To register, please visit http://SuccessionPlanning.ning.com and click on the Workshops tab or call/email Maureen Mullen, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 607-254-6556, mlm394@cornell.edu. The registration deadline is Monday, March 5th. For more information on this or any of the other programs and services offered by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District, feel free to call 607-756-5991.

There is a $40 per person, $10 per each additional family member registration fee. Fee includes refreshments, lunch, and all workshop materials including a copy of the workbook & DVD, Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage. In the event of a possible weather cancellation, please check the above website.

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