The United States is experiencing increased aging of farmers and ranchers, highlighting the need for succession planning programs that can help prepare them for successful transfer of land and assets to a successor. We discuss the Design Your Succession Plan program and its evaluation. The program consists of three sessions that address multiple topics regarding succession planning. Over a 5-year period, 516 participants from across North Dakota attended the program. Results from retrospective pretest/posttest surveys indicate that the program had a significant impact on increasing knowledge and confidence among participants. Implementation can assist aging farm and ranch families across the country.
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Johnson, C. L., & Carlson, S. L. (2020). Farm/Ranch Succession Planning Program Motivates Families to Take Steps. The Journal of Extension, 58(6), Article 22. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.06.22