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“Family Farming for the Next Generation” Workshop Offered by Kent State Tuscarawas

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

“Family Farming for the Next Generation” is the focus of a workshop to be held March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Science and Advanced Technology Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

The entire process for mapping out a succession plan to transfer the eventual ownership of a family farm from one generation to the next can be an overwhelming task for many families. This workshop will outline the necessary steps to implement, as well as achieve a successful succession plan that will avoid potential misunderstandings between family members.

Program speakers, Professor Ron Hanson from the University of Nebraska and Chris Zoller of the Ohio State Extension office, will present the following topics: An Overview of the Importance of Succession Planning, How to Develop Mission Statements for Family and Business, Specific Questions Each Family Must Consider Related to Succession Planning, So You Thought You Were Buying the Family Farm and Keeping Your Farm in the Family for the Next Generation – Is There a Succession Plan? The program will also include a question and answer session.

Hanson is a professor of agribusiness in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hanson’s college teaching and student advising career of 39 years has earned 26 university and national recognitions. He has received the John Deere Agribusiness Teaching Award of Excellence and the University Educator of the Year Award. Hanson is the only Nebraska professor to have received the USDA Excellence in University Teaching, the highest national teaching honor granted to a college professor in the area of agricultural and food sciences. He has counseled with farm families for more than 30 years to help them resolve family conflicts in a more positive manner and to improve family relations through better communications. He was raised on an Illinois family farm. Hanson earned his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and his graduate degrees from the University of Illinois.

Zoller is an extension educator for agriculture and natural resources with the Ohio State University Extension in Tuscarawas County. He has been with the Ohio State Extension since 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business and Management and a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Education, both from Ohio State. Zoller specializes in farm management and his educational programming includes livestock production and management, crop production, farm finances and farm succession planning.

In addition to Kent State Tuscarawas, the program is sponsored by the Commercial and Savings Bank – a Platinum Sponsor, TMK Bakersville and TMK Valley Propane, Kuester Implement Co., Ohio Ag Equipment and Rural King.

The cost of the program is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be made online at or by calling 330-308-7434.