Land is an important investment. One that is often passed down through generations. Farmland needs to be monitored and cared for to maintain the value and sustainability if it is to be enjoyed and profitable for future generations. Following the success of Lady Landowners Leaving a Legacy offered this past summer, Landowners Leaving a Legacy is open to everyone. If you want to learn more about your land, farming and conservation practices and how to successfully pass it on to the next generation, this program is for you!
Farming has changed dramatically over the last several decades. The thought of trying to understand it all can be overwhelming, especially if not actively farming. This series is designed to help landowners understand critical conservation and farm management issues related to owning land. It will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk with tenants about farming and conservation practices used on their land. The farm management portion will provide an understanding of passing land on to the next generation and help establish fair rental rates by looking at current farm budgets. We will also visit a local farm to view practices currently implemented and hear from the landowners involved.
The series runs every other Monday, Feb. 25-May 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Champaign County Community Center auditorium in Urbana. It is $70 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of sessions, it is $15 per session, but there is a lot of value in getting to know other participants in the series and talking with them each week. Materials and dinner included. The registration flier can be found at http://go.osu.edu/agevents. For questions or more information, please contact Amanda Douridas at 937-484-1526 or Douridas.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by Feb. 19. The detailed agenda is below.
Feb. 25 – Building Soil Structure
Soil Structure Discussion and Demo
Tillage Methods and Compaction
Soil Coverage Discussion and Demo
March 1 – Implementing Conservation
Watershed Maps of Participant Farms
Explanation of Conservation Practices
March 2 – Value of the Land Beyond the Dollar
Land Value Diagram
Landowner/Tenant Relationship Panel
Wildlife Habitat Programs
April 1 – Transition and Succession Planning
Peggy Hall and Wright Moore Law Firm
April 29 – Leasing and Budgets
Good Leasing Contracts
Overview of Commodity Budgets
May 1 – Farm Visit
Some activities developed by Women, Food and Agriculture Network for its Women Caring for the Land program.
Amanda Douridas is the Champaign Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for The Ohio State University Extension.