Farm Succession School for senior farmers and farm couples looking toward retirement and farm transition. Join us in MA, CT, or RI for three days only:

Massachusetts Farm Succession School
December 5, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 7, 2018
at the Massachusetts Farm Bureau, 249 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
Additional no-cost advisor assistance offered through MDAR for MA farmers who complete the school*

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Connecticut Farm Succession School 
December 6, 2017
January 10, 2018
February 6, 2018
at the Connecticut Farm Bureau, 78 Beaver Road, Wethersfield, CT
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
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Rhode Island Farm Succession School
December 8, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 8, 2018
at the USDA Farm Service Agency, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite #62, Warwick, RI
All sessions are 10:00am to 3:30pm
Open to all New England farmers.
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One of your biggest challenges is planning for farm succession. Attend the Farm Succession School! You’ll get structured and sustained support to make decisions, engage your family, and organize the legal and financial mechanics. Topics include: goal setting, estate planning, retirement planning, family communications, taxes, legal structure, Medicaid, and bringing on a successor. See flyer for complete details

The Farm Succession School was offered this past winter (2016 – 2017) in ME, NH & VT. These small groups yielded big rewards! Farmers loved the amount of attention, and valued the trust and sharing that developed among the participants, regardless of scale or type of enterprise – and received the necessary structure and support to be successful with their succession planning. Read more

It opened my mind to all that’s involved and not be afraid to seek help from professionals,” said one participant.

It is important to discuss and communicate and keep working on it. You are always changing – do not let family dynamics, fear and anxiety keep you from work on YOUR plan!” commented one farmer.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is partnering to offer additional technical assistance to Massachusetts farmers who complete the Succession School. MDAR will provide funding for farmers to purchase succession planning technical assistance such as from an attorney, financial planner, succession coach or appraiser, for example. Details provided at the Succession School or by contacting