Two, 2-day programs, sponsored by Iowa State University's Beginning Farmer Center and Iowa State University Extension, are being offered for families involved in a multiple generation farm business. The 13th Annual Ag Link conference program is being offered on Jan. 15-16 and Feb. 12-13, 2010 in Ames, IA.

Issues to be discussed at the conference include:

  • How to address major issues that can lead to failure in a multiple generation farm business.
  • Find out whether an existing operation is profitable enough to support another generation.
  • Learn the basics of estate planning.
  • Uncover alternatives for transfer of farm assets.
  • Develope a farm family business succession plan.

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The cost for a family of up to four attendees is $200. Additional family registration is offered for $40 for each additional attendee above four. Meals, breaks and a resource packet are included in the registration fee. Registration deadline is Jan. 6, 2010.

For additional information and on-line registration visit Iowa State University or contact the Beginning Farmer Center at (877) 232-1999. Additional contacts at the center are: Dave Baker, (877) 232-1999,; John Baker, (877) 232-1999,; and Mike Duffy, Department of Agricultural Economics, (515) 294-6160,

Iowa State University students attending the conference are able to earn up to two ISU credit hours.

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