We’ve heard of “century farms” – those that are recognized as continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more. But the road to keeping a farm or ranch in one family through decades is not always a smooth one. 

To help Kansas farmers and ranchers with the legal, emotional, and financial ins and outs of the succession process, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are partnering with other agencies to offer five “Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession” conferences around the state. The meetings are supported by a grant from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

Meeting dates and locations include:

  • Jan. 5 – Allen Community College – Iola;
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  • Jan. 10 – Pratt Community College – Pratt;
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  • Jan. 16 – Kansas Farm Bureau Plaza – Manhattan;
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  • Jan. 17 – Flint Hills Technical College – Emporia; and 
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  • March 3 – K-State Agricultural Research Center – Hays.

More information and online registration is available at Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services or by calling 1-800-432-8222. The cost at each location is $60 per person for the first family member to register, and $40 per person for all other family members. 

Online registration closes one week prior to each conference date. Registration is still available by calling 1-800-432-8222; however, K-State Conference Services will be closed Dec. 24, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015. Walk-in registrations are available, but space and meals may be limited for late registrants.