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Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center

6111 Fleur Drive

Des Moines, IA 50321

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The International Farm Transition Network is hosting a Professional Development Conference on farm succession!

Monday, June 25 & Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa

Join us for two days packed with practical information and resources on farm family business succession and transition planning. Gain tips and techniques for facilitation and coordination, learn about the latest research and resources, and network with fellow practitioners!

Monday, June 25:

12:00 pm Lunch and Keynote

Estate Planning and Land Fractionation in Tribal Communities - Cris Stainbrook, President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Little Canada, MN

1:30 pm -- How Farmers Can Lose Money, Survive and Plan for Succession - William Edwards, Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

2:45 pm-- Break

3:00 pm -- Financial Analysis for Farm Succession 101 - Alejandro Plastina, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

4:30 pm -- Break

5:45 - 7:00 pm -- Networking/Social Hour. Cash bar and hor d'oevres.

Tuesday, June 26:

7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am - Breakout Session 1

Topic: Financial Analysis for Farm Succession 102 - Alejandro Plastina

Topic: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act - Implications for Farmers - TBA

10:00 am - Break

10:30 am - Breakout Session 2

Topic: Using Motivational Interviewing to Move Succession Planning Forward - Kiley Fleming, Executive Director, Iowa Mediation Service

Topic: Programs for Farm Succession and Beginning Farmers

  • Dave Baker - Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center

  • Kathy Ruhf - Land for Good

  • Kerry McGrath - California Farm Link

Noon - Lunch

1:00 pm - Next Steps for IFTN - debrief and wrap up

2:00 pm - Adjourn

2:15 pm - 7:00 pm - Farm Tour to Couser Cattle Company - Bill, Nancy and Tim Couser, Nevada, Iowa

***Please notify the IFTN regarding any dietary restrictions***

Cost: $220 Early Bird Registration (by June 8); $270 Late Registration (until June 18) Optional Tour is an additional $25/person

Register on Eventbrite or by Mail* at:

UW Center for Dairy Profitability, Attn: IFTN, 204 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch St, Madison, WI 53706

*If registering by mail, please send your Name, Occupation, Organization, Address, Phone Number, Email, and any dietary restrictions. Checks made out to IFTN and envelope postmarked by the Early Bird date or close of the Late Registration period.

Please note that the IFTN will not issue refunds less than 7 days prior to the first day of the conference (i.e., after 4 pm Central on June 18).

Location: Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport / Conference Center, 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321

The hotel group rate of $119/night plus tax is being held under "International Farm Transition Network" through June 3. Contact the hotel directly to reserve a room by calling 515-287-2400 or visit the hotel website:

Any questions? Please contact the IFTN at or

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