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Legacy Workshops in Full Swing

February 17, 2011

Farm Journal Legacy Project Workshops begin next week. During these sessions, families will learn more about transitioning their farm from Farm Journal succession expert, Kevin Spafford, in workshops sponsored by Pioneer. The first workshop is in Ames, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 2011, which will be followed by workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Workshops last about five hours and include lunch, learning and networking.

The workshop agenda includes:

9:00 a.m. - Part 1: The Challenge
- The Risk
- The Family Farm
- The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
- Why Do We Struggle with This?
10:30 a.m. - Break
- The Five Keys to Planning Success
- Good Communication
- Common Objectives
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Planning Process/Action
- Action
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Part II: THe Succession Planning Puzzle
- Meet the Miltons: A Case Study
- Exercise: Goals Clarification Worksheet
- Common Objectives
- Exercise: Clarify Your Goals
2:00 p.m. - Break
- The Comprehensive Succession Solution
- Exercise: Leadership Skills Inventory
- Commit to Action
3:00 p.m. – Adjourn
Scheduled Workshops 
Feb. 22, 2011 – Ames, Iowa
Feb. 25, 2011 – Grand Island, Neb.
March 14, 2011 – Madison, Wis.
March 16, 2011 – Austin, Minn.
March 17, 2011 – Sioux Falls, S.D.
You can register for workshops here. We encourage you to follow coverage of the legacy project at

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