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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 • Online • 11 a.m.   

Young Farmer Workshop


Young Farmer Workshop, the next generation of farmers faces a unique set of challenges as they begin their career in agriculture. Many join established family operations and seek to bring value, and to be valued. Critical skills must be learned to continue to grow a successful business. In this special workshop, three young farmers will share their experiences on how they overcame obstacles and the lessons they have learned in joining a multi-generation farm operation. In addition, a family business consultant/professional mediator will explore the importance of establishing a strong network of advisors to help you reach your goals. 


The Young Farmer Workshop features amazing speakers to enrich your business! Tuesday starting at 11 am


lance.woodburyLance Woodbury, Build A Lasting Relationship. Developing strong relationship skills with your business partners, trusted advisors and input suppliers is one building block to a strong farming foundation. This session will focus on some of the key relationship skills that “set up” younger growers--self-awareness, negotiation, crucial conversations/conflict resolution, and the value of mentors. 



meredith bernardMeredith Bernard, The Old Way Isn't Always The Only Way.  Young farmers bring new enthusiasm to a farm. But challenges may arise while trying to initiate different methods and techniques when older family members are used to doing things their way for years. This session will explore how to overcome these obstacles so that the ideas of all generations are valued and how a farmer "newbie" learned some valuable lessons along the way.


ThompsonsThompson Farms, Reid and Heather Thompson, Coming Home When The House Is Already Full.  Follow the Thompsons’ journey to come home to farm and how they have navigated the twists and turns by introducing innovative ways to make room for themselves with and without acreage growth. They will explain how they found extra margin, brought in extra income, used strategic and succession planning go help carve out a place in the operation for the next generation.

Sponsored in part by Progressive Farmer and:

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