WEST LAFAYETTE -- Family farmers can get tips from Purdue University specialists on business communication and dealing with accounting and legal issues during a succession planning program offered at 10 sites in Indiana.
"Cultivating Strong Indiana Farm Family Relationships for Today and Tomorrow," will be offered beginning in January and continuing into March.
Purdue's Women in Agriculture and Farm Succession Planning teams in partnership with the North Central Risk Management Education Center present the program.
Kosciusko County Purdue Extension Educator Kelly Heckaman said Indiana farmers and farm wives have asked educators for advice on handling their family businesses.
"In order to get estate planning started in families, they need to be able to communicate about it. And it's an emotional topic, so it can be hard to get those conversations started," Heckaman said.
"The workshops will give families ideas on improving their conversations and skills to help them work through their problems and keep their families intact."
Purdue Extension presenters include Janet Ayres, agricultural economist; Angela Gloy, farm business planning specialist; county educators; and members of Purdue's Farm Family Succession Planning Team.
Heckaman said Extension and local communities collaborate on the program, as organizers will invite local accountants and attorneys to speak on financial strategies.
The first session agenda topics include "A Great Year to Farm: New Farmer Financial Skills," "The Team Approach: Working Together Through Transition," and "Communicating for Success."
The second session lineup is "Business Structure and Taxes," "The Truth about Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements," and "Strategies for Managing Conflict."
Registration is $50 for individuals or $100 for families up to four members.
Contact local program hosts or Purdue Extension county offices to register.
Program questions may be directed to Heckaman at 574-372-2340.
There will be three sessions in the area.
Program dates, times and locations are:
* Greene County -- Feb 5 and Feb. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Greene County Fairgrounds (Community Building), 4503 W. State Road 54, Bloomfield. Call Lindy Miller at 812-659-2122,
* Boone, Hendricks and Montgomery counties -- Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 1-5 p.m., Hendricks County Fairgrounds (Conference Center), 1900 E. Main St., Danville. Call Jon Cain at 317-745-9266, or
* Vigo County -- Feb. 22 and March 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College, 1700 E. Industrial Dr., Terre Haute. Call Jim Luzar at 812-462-3371.