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Workshop Helps Farmers Plan for Farm Transfer

Burlington--Transferring the Farm, a daylong workshop to help farm families make informed decisions about transferring the farm operation to the next generation, will be held at two Vermont locations this month.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension will offer the workshop March 26 at the American Legion Hall, 49 Wilson Rd., Middlebury and March 28 at the Stone Grill Pub and Restaurant, 116 Vermont Rte. 15, Morrisville, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m.

Registration is $20 per person, $25 if postmarked after March 19 (Middlebury) or March 21 (Morrisville), and includes all materials, refreshments and lunch. To register send name, contact information, preferred workshop site and check, made payable to University of Vermont, to Transferring the Farm Workshops, c/o Elisa Ziglar, 204A Morrill Hall, Burlington, VT 05405-0106.

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Bob Parsons at (802)656-2109 by March 21 (Middlebury) or March 24 (Morrisville).

The workshop, led by Dr. Bob Parsons, UVM Extension economist, will address all aspects of the farm transition process from transition planning, goal setting and retirement and estate planning to tax and healthcare considerations and facilitating communication between family members. Parsons will be joined in Middlebury by Jonathan Bump, an agricultural attorney with law offices in Orwell and Brattleboro, and in Morrisville by Annette Lorraine, a Montpelier land conservation real estate attorney, who will discuss estate planning, wills and other legal issues.

Participants also will hear from a representative from the State of Vermont regarding health issues and the Vermont Land Trust on conservation easements. A panel of farmers who have transferred their farm will share their experiences as to what did and did not work and what they could have done differently.

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