2009-01-08 / Local & State

Farm Profitability, Transition Workshops To Be Held At Farm Show

Pennsylvania producers may benefit from a series of free workshops focused on farm profitability and transition at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said last week.

The workshops, hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Center for Farm Transitions, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 16, in the Pennsylvania Room of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

"The agricultural industry has an abundance of profitable business opportunities," said Wolff. "In order to take advantage of these opportunities, producers need to understand the complexities of production, marketing, finance and business planning. These workshops are designed to equip producers with tools to navigate and take advantage of the opportunities awaiting their operations."

New and beginning farmers, or those considering a career in farming, can learn about a variety of opportunities on Jan. 12, including:

10 a.m. - Gaining Access to Land Strategies, including Leasing

10:30 a.m. - Finding Money to Begin, Sustain or Expand Your Operation

11 a.m. - Understanding Production Costs

11:30 a.m. - Understanding Your Future Direction

Producers transitioning their operations to the next generation may benefit from the second series of workshops offered Jan. 16, including:

10 a.m. - Planning for Retirement, Even With a Late Start

10:30 a.m. - Key Elements of a Successful Farm Succession Plan

11 a.m. - Strategies to Locate Your Farm's Successor

11:30 a.m. - What to do with Unanticipated Wealth

The workshops are free and registration is not required. Printed materials will be available for each of the topics discussed.

For more information about the workshops, contact Dennis Hall at 717-787-2376 or denhall@ state.pa.us. For information regarding the Center for Farm Transitions, visit www.iplantofarm.com.

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