For those who have recently acquired agricultural land, who lease land they own in another state or who want to make sure their farm will continue operating through another generation, University Outreach and Extension has organized an informative workshop in Malta Bend Friday.
The event will take place at Malta Bend High School, 200 Linn St., from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost for the event is $7.50, which covers lunch and handouts, and those wishing to attend should register with the Saline County Extension office, 153 S. Odell Ave. in Marshall, or call (660) 886-6908 by noon Wednesday, March 17.
Becky Plattner, who will co-chair the event, said this is the first time Saline County has held such a meeting. Plattner said she suggested holding the event because Lafayette County has successfully put on several in the last few years.
"To have that many specialists to offer to the public, plus having a meal for $7.50, I think is an asset to our community," Plattner said. "What this is really focusing on is sharpening your decision-making skills."
Attendees will chose two of six morning sessions, then listen to keynote speaker Danita Allen Wood, editor and publisher of Missouri Life Magazine, during lunch and finally learn about what is offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center in Marshall.
Plattner highlighted two morning sessions: Cynthia Crawford's "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" and Judge Hugh Harvey's "Estate Issues, Trusts and Business Succession."
"Financially, if you don't have things set up, the probate (court) is going to do that for you," said Plattner, adding that court cases could take several months to resolve.
Harvey, who serves as probate court judge for Saline County, will discuss how to plan estates for operations with more than one owner, how to protect the family as well as the business and the tax consequences of inheritance.
Wendy Flatt, Extension livestock specialist, will talk about "The New Face of Animal Agriculture."
Three ag business specialists with University Outreach and Extension will cover topics in both the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. sessions. Mary Sobba will give a talk called "Negotiating Equitable Leases and Business Agreements" and Parman Green will present "Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care and Landownership Issues." Joe Koenan will give a session called "Fencing, Livestock and Trespassing Issues." He said the state has enacted new fencing laws in recent years, and several absentee landowners are not aware they may be responsible for paying a portion of their neighbor's fence repairs or new fence.
Everette Wood, executive director for Farm Service Agency in Saline County, will lead a discussion at 1:30 p.m. on how the USDA Service Center can help ag landowners. He said about 10 people from FSA, Missouri Department of Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about programs they offer. He said topics will include the price support programs, an enhancement to the Conservation Reserve Program and the SWCD state cost share program for building terraces.
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