MINOT, ND - Many North Dakota farmers and ranchers are approaching retirement age but aren't sure how to transition their operation to the next generation, while beginning farmers and ranchers want to secure their future in agriculture. In many cases, generations of farmers or ranchers are working together but have yet to take the needed steps toward succession planning.
To help all of them develop a plan, the North Dakota State University Extension Service is offering Design Your Succession Plan workshops at several locations throughout the state in the next six months.
The workshop will help farm and ranch families explore what they want for their business, whether that's transferring a viable business to the next generation or deciding how to divide the farm or ranch assets. The workshop also gives the owner and identified successor generation an opportunity to begin shaping the future ownership of the family farm or ranch - the family legacy.
Participants also will learn how to discuss the succession issue with the family, get started on developing a succession plan, and choose and work with legal and financial professionals who will help ensure the plan is workable. By beginning the planning process at this workshop and continuing it at home, families could save money by being more prepared to visit with professionals.
The workshop is scheduled here in Minot on February 7th and 9th at 5:30 pm. For more information contact Paige Brummund with the Ward County Extension office at 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brummundndsu.edu
Visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/succession for more information about the program.
FARGO, N.D. - For the month of December 2016, heavy snow across much of the state caused hardship for livestock producers, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Multiple winter storms made access to feed and facilities difficult.
Temperatures averaged from two degrees above normal to six degrees below normal across North Dakota.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 short, 70 adequate, and 22 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 short, 80 adequate, and 12 surplus.
Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 77 good, and 6 excellent.
Cattle and calf conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 66 good, and 7 excellent. Cattle and calf death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 51 average, and 45 light.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 26 fair, 61 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 4 percent heavy, 45 average, and 51 light.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 84 adequate, and 3 surplus.
Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 10 short, 84 adequate, and 5 surplus.
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