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S.D. Estate Planning Workshops Start

Programs will help you set goals and start the process.

Estate planning and farm transition workshops are set for Aberdeen, Brookings, Elk Point and Mitchell this winter.

"We recognize that there are a lot of concerns about what will happen to the farm when mom and dad retire or die, both by mom and dad and the kids," says Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension marketing/farm business management educator The SDSU Extension Service is sponsoring the workshops. "These programs encourage you to set goals for the operation and provide them with tools to reach those goals."

The programs are set up as two-day sessions, running from 1 to 7 p.m. on the first day and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second day. The Elk Point event will run on a slightly different schedule of two one-day sessions.

"It's important for families to work through the Estate Planning and Transition process together," SDSU Extension Marketing/Farm Business Management Educator Stacy Hadrick said. "The whole family will be affected by the decisions that are made."

Locations and dates for the programs are: Brookings, Jan. 17-18 and Feb. 28-29; Elk Point, Feb. 2 and March 1; Aberdeen, Feb. 21-22 and March 17-18; and Mitchell, February 25-26 and March 25-26.

Registration for the program is requested one week before the first session. The registration fee of $150 per operation (two people) can be sent to the McCook County Extension Office. Other family members can attend for $50 additional. These registration fees will cover the meals and breaks for the program. The major sponsor for the program is the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and SDSU.

For more information or to register, please contact the McCook County Extension Office by phone at (605) 425-2242, or by e-mail at Or mail payment and contact information to McCook County Extension Office, Box 130, 130 West Essex, Salem, SD 57058. Make checks payable to "SDSU Winning the Game."

Source: SD AgBio Communications.

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