Farm Transition professional training available

Event is planned Nov. 10 in Mankato.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota farm and farmland ownership transitions are predicted to increase substantially in the coming years. But figuring out what, how, and when to transfer a farm business to the next generation or a new owner, along with preparing for the unknown, is challenging and often tremendously stressful for farm families.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is providing support for two upcoming workshops to train ag advisors to help families navigate a farm transfer process. University of Extension Agricultural Business Management Educator Megan Roberts and St. Cloud Community and Technical College Farm Business Management Instructor Jim Molenaar have designed and will lead both workshops.

Both sessions are free and open to any professional whose work overlaps with farm transition.

An introductory session covering topics in farm succession (Train the Trainer workshop) will be offered in-person only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Mankato. To register, visit

An advanced session will be offered both in-person and virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2, at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. To register for this event, visit


Participants at in-person sessions will be required to follow COVID-19 protocols established by the venues for the sessions.

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