Farm succession professionals to share expertise
by ISU Extension and Outreach
January 17, 2023

By Kitt Tovar Jensen, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

AMES, Iowa – Transitioning a farm to the next generation is one of the biggest challenges that farm owners and beginning farmers will face. The decisions made can affect families, finances, and rural communities for decades into the future.

That’s why Iowa State University’s Farm Transitions Conference, slated for Feb. 9-10 in Ames, will bring together experts and experienced landowners from a wide range of backgrounds with the goal of improving the farm transition process.

“The conference is a great way for landowners, beginning farmers and anyone who plays a role in farm transitions to improve their knowledge about farm succession,” said Kitt Tovar Jensen, Beginning Farmer Center manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “The goal is to provide attendees with a better understanding of their current situation and the actions they need to take to improve their situation – with the hope that we can improve the farm transition process wherever they live and farm.”

Chad Hart, professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist at Iowa State, will open the conference with his “Ag Market Outlook,” followed by a talk on “Major Financial Decisions for Farm Transitions,” presented by Alejandro Plastina, associate professor in economics and extension economist at Iowa State.

Jim Knuth, vice president of business development with Farm Credit Services of America, will discuss interest rates, land values, and how to approach and work with lenders.

Leslie Miller and Nancy Brannaman, associates with the Farm Financial Planning Program of ISU Extension and Outreach, will present on “Raising Your Financial IQ.”

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm Transitions Conference will take place Feb. 9 and 10. Stock photo.

On the second day, participants will hear from Kiley Fleming, executive director of the Iowa Mediation Service, who will discuss “The Importance of Family Meetings on the Farm.” Jennifer Harrington and Kristine Tidgren, of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, will present “Legal Tools and Strategies in Farm Succession Planning,” and “Business Entities and Transition Taxes.”

The conference will conclude with a talk on “Preventing Mistakes in Farm Succession Planning,” by Tovar Jensen, and “Planning for the Unexpected,” by Patrick Hatting, farm management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Registration Details

In-person attendees will have networking opportunities, including an optional tour of Jack Trice Stadium (limited to 50). Both in-person and online attendees can interact with speakers and ask questions. All attendees will receive a free Farm Transitions workbook.

In-person registration is $175 per person and webinar-only registration is $150. Participants can choose and register online.

Groups of two or more can use code GROUP50 to receive $50 off each in-person registration. (Does not apply to student registration).

University or college students can register in-person or online for $100. To apply for student scholarships, contact Tovar Jensen at

The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center is located at 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, IA 50014. A room rate of $114 has been reserved. Reserve your room online or call 515-292-8600.

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