Among those attending was Patty Edwards of Kearney, who took part in sessions on estate planning and negotiating leases. An owner of 163 acres in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program, she wanted to learn of any changes in the rules for her Carroll County land.
"I just needed to know if I've been doing it the right way," she said.
Lisa Turner of Sturgeon said she enjoyed the session by Saline County Associate Circuit Judge Hugh Harvey, who presides over the county's probate court, on estate planning because she knew very little about the topic. Turner, who inherited a farm in Howard County along with her siblings, also attended a session on negotiating leases by Mary Sobba, an agricultural business specialist for University Outreach and Extension.
Gabe Ramsey of Marshall attended the session of fencing laws in Missouri and the lunch.
"I just came for this one specific topic," he said. "I found it helpful. I'll probably give that (presenter Joe Koenan) a call."
One of about 15 men among the 115 attendees, Ramsey said he was a little surprised that so many landowners were women. "I didn't realize there were as many who are interested as there is," he said.
Cynthia Crawford, a family economist with the Extension office in Marshall, said 41 people attended her two sessions on how to fairly distribute untitled property. She said Harvey's session on titled property was even more popular, with at least 50 people between the two sessions.
"The response was so strong that we knew this was an event that met people's needs," Crawford said. "(We) found that we had people from all over Missouri and out of state as well."
Darlene Vogelsmeier, a real estate agent with The Ashford Agency in Marshall, said it was hard to choose which sessions to attend. She said the session on leases reminded her how important it is to have a written lease between the farm owner and the leaser.
Jean Gaddy Wilson, a member of the Saline County Master Gardeners, said Harvey's session on titled leases complemented Crawford's session about untitled leases. She said Crawford explained there is a difference between being fair and being equitable, and people should consider if one child is more interested in material items or money when writing their wills.
"People think about the titled things more about the untitled things, and it's clearly crazy not to believe you're going to die," Wilson said.
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