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Farm Preservation & Financial Management Tools For Farmers Workshops

Farm Preservation in Estate Planning – September 27 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This workshop provides an overview of agricultural trends that can compel farm owners and families to explore estate planning options and preservation tools to help secure their farms for future farming opportunities. Learn about issue to consider as you begin to develop, communicate and implement a succession plan for your farm, and what preservation options, such as permanent conservation easements, are available to help you make the best decision for your farm’s future. Also, hear how one local land trust leverages local, state, and federal funding to purchase agricultural conservation easements on several projects in the Madison region. Register HERE.
Angela Curtes, Land Preservation Consultant
Jim Welsh, Executive Director-Natural Heritage Land Trust
Joy Kirkpatrick, Outreach Specialist-UW Center of Dairy Profitability

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Financial Management Tools for Farmers:  Anyone Who Dreams of Being a Farmer – April 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In this workshop we will explain the basic elements of a farm business plan including enterprise budget, cash flow plans, balance sheets, and other tools used in the financial management of a farm. We will show how to use your business plan to obtain financing for your farm, whether it is through the USDA Farm Service Agency and its exciting new Microloan Program, or through a commercial lender such as Badgerland Financial. Register HERE.
Carol Nagel, Senior Farm Loan Officer, USDA, Farm Service Agency
Paul Dietmann, Market Specialist, Badgerland Financial

  •  Overnight accommodations available in our student dorm rooms, for a very reasonable fee. Please contact Jodie, (262) 642-3303 ext.128 or farmandfood@michaelfields.org , for more details.
  • Coffee, breakfast, and lunch available at Wild Flour Bakery, a short walk from our student housing.
  •  CRAFT and FairShare members receive a 20% discount on all Whole Farm Workshops.
    We sincerely hope that workshop registration fees do not keep anyone from participating in the 2013 Whole Farm Workshops. This is why we work hard to find scholarship money to cover the costs of anyone that is not able to pay. Please contact Jodie, (262) 642-3303 ext.128 or farmandfood@michaelfields.org , regarding scholarship need.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops are held in East Troy, WI. For other workshops and information on how you can be a part of sustainable agriculture visit: Angelic Organics Learning Center, The Farm Business Development Center at Prairie Crossing Farm, the FairShare CSA Coalition and of course visit us at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

Whole Farm Workshops 2013 are supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.