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Cultivating Connections Conference

By:Robert Moore, Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

Legal Groundwork

The OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program is teaming up with Iowa State University and the National Agricultural Law Center to present a conference for farm transition planners.  The conference will be in held in Des Moines on August 7-8 and will focus on issues and strategies common to farm transition planners.  While the conference is geared towards attorneys and accountants working with farm clients,  other professionals, such as lenders, appraisers, Extension personnel and consultants, will also find the conference useful .

Topics for the conference include:

  • Lay of the Land from Long-time Farm Transition Planners
  • Preserving the Family Farm in the Wake of Uncertainty
  • Buy Sell Agreements – Best Practices, Tips, and Traps, Tax and Valuation Considerations
  • Preparing Clients for the Transition Plan Experience
  • Navigating the On-Farm, Off-Farm Issue
  • Fair v. Equal Treatment of Heirs
  • Charitable Options for the Transition
  • Resources for the Rural Professional
  • Working with Clients Who Can't Work Together
  • Considering Long-Term Care Needs
  • Tax Mistakes to Avoid in the Transition
  • Real World Succession Planning Scenarios

For more information and to register, go to the conference registration site.  An online participation option is also available.  

In addition to providing educational sessions, another purpose of the conference is to create an association of farm transition professionals.  This group will hold educational programs and provide support for other professionals in the farm transition planning community.  The purpose of the organization is to increase the number of skilled professionals assisting farmers with the critical work of transition planning. The goal is to link conference participants with a network of colleagues for connection during the year through online meetings, webinars, newsletters, and other opportunities.

For more information or questions, contact Robert Moore (