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Agribusiness Succession Workshop Coming To Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Farm and Agribusiness Succession workshop on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office located at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Spirit Lake.

The workshop is open to farmers and agribusinesses interested in successful succession and transition of their farm or business.

Katie Goodell, Dickinson County Ag Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach, who is hosting the event, says they see a reoccurring need in the Northwest Iowa agriculture community for education on successful succession, whether that be in farming or other agribusiness She went on to say that transition and succession are difficult topics to broach with family members; but, she says, it’s even more difficult if plans are not set in place and communicated before the need for them arises.

Key presentations at the workshop include:
“Succession/Transition,” presented by Gary Wright, Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach;
“Beginning Farmer Loan and Tax Credit Programs,” presented by Steve Ferguson, Ag Development Program Specialist with the Iowa Finance Authority;
“Farm Succession Planning Consideration,” presented by Kitt Tovar, Legal Consultant with the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation;
“Farm Succession Ideas for a Successful and Harmonious Transition,” presented by David Baker, Director of the ISU Extension Beginning Farmer Center.

Goodell says attendees will leave with a better understanding of farm and agribusiness succession, some ideas for what will work for their own enterprise and contact information for people who can help set their ideas into motion.

Registration is $25 per person, which covers all materials, presentations and an evening meal. Individuals can register by Aug. 22 online at or by contacting Katie at 712-336-3488 or Questions can also be directed to Katie at 712-336-3488.