Transitioning a farm from one generation to the next often presents a number of planned and unknown challenges.

Sometimes it’s easy to identify who from the next generation will take over. Other times, he or she needs to be recruited.

Once future leaders are in place, then the real work of transitioning leadership, enhancing governance and transferring ownership comes into play.

To help members through the process, Illinois Farm Bureau is offering a free, full-day farm transition seminar to kick off its Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The seminar, planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Palmer House, also will help farmers make space for other generations on the farm, even if a transition isn’t imminent.

To register, go online,

Dan Bean, from the consulting group CMA, will lead the seminar. Participants will walk away with the next steps and foundation to bring the next generation on the farm.

Attendees can expect the following:

  • Expert advice, models and a framework for completing the farm succession process.
  • Time to reflect on your own farm by collecting and recording your thoughts at key points.
  • Opportunities to learn from peers who are in similar situations.

This educational seminar is part of IFB’s continuous work to provide technical assistance so farm families can succeed.