Other Exciting State Events!

Planning AHEAD Workshop

Planning AHEAD is a 7-session course (one hour each) that guides participants through topics including:

  • Getting Started
  • Handling Financial Changes
  • Advance Medical and Legal Directives
  • Estate Planning
  • Choices in End-of-Live Care
  • Final Wishes
  • Understanding Grief
  • Are interested in planning for the end of life to make things easier for family members.
  • Have lost a loved one.
  • Are in the process of losing a loved one and are dealing with transition.

The program will be held on Thursdays, April 4th – May 16th, 2024 virtually on ZOOM from 11am to noon. (Thursday, March 28th will be a required tech check) Please register by Monday, March 25th. For more information, contact Life Span Program Manager, Sara Richie by email at sara.richie@wisc.edu.

Cultivating Your Farm’s Future: Farm Succession Workshops Start Jan. 31, 2024

Two Virtual Options:
Option One:
Wednesdays, noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, and 21 
Option Two:
Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22
Learn more at Cultivating your Farm's Future

Are you thinking about farm succession and want some guidance and education before you go to an attorney? Do you need some help starting the conversations around farm succession with your family and/or farming partners?

Join our UW-Madison Division of Extension Farm Management Specialists, Joy Kirkpatrick, Steph Plaster, Kevin Bernhardt, Kelly Wilfert, and Outreach Specialist, Kaitlyn Davis as they lead discussions and activities during the Cultivating Your Farm’s Future workshop series. This program will provide tools and resources for farmers who want to start their succession plans. 

The program will explore the three step process of  planning your business succession:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • How do you get there?

This workshop series will prepare you to shape and communicate your ideas about the future of the farm and business as well as save time by having these crucial conversations before visiting with professionals. 

Register by January 19th, 2024 for Cultivating Your Farm’s Future – a virtual workshop series that starts on January 31, 2024.

Wisconsin Non-Profits Connect to Learn!

Building Belonging in Organizations -- 
Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21, 2024
Virtual – 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, visit: 
Organization & Leadership Development, Building Belonging in Organizations

As nonprofits and community organizations face growing challenges, it is more crucial than ever to build organizations where “belonging” is prioritized. For the individual, belonging is a sense that you are part of something greater than yourself that you value, and the organizations you are a part of see you, need you, and value your contributions. For organizations, belonging leads to deeper engagement, adaptability, and building a more resilient organization that is better positioned to achieve its mission.

Through this course, participants will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of their own social identity and how social identity impacts belonging through individual reflection and group discussion.
  • Gain the processes and tools necessary to measure and build belonging within their own organization.
  • Gain a greater understanding of levels within systems to overcome resistance to change.

Farm Succession Webinar

Getting Started on Your Farm Succession Plan
Friday, December 15, 2023
Virtual Webinar:   noon-12:45 p.m.
For more information, visit the Farm Management, Division of Extension webpage.

Have you been thinking about planning for your farm’s future, but you’re not sure where to start? Do you have a family member or someone outside of the family interested in coming into the farm business, but you don’t know how to have that first conversation? Join UW-Madison Division of Extension Farm Succession Outreach Specialist, Joy Kirkpatrick, on Friday, December 15, 2023, from noon – 12:45 pm for the Getting Started on Your Farm Succession Plan webinar. 

This webinar will introduce you to resources to help you answer these three questions:

  1. Where is the farm now?
  2. Where do you want it to be?
  3. How do you get there?

Farm businesses can make their time with agriculture service professionals more efficient if they can work on the first two questions with their family and farming partners. This short webinar will introduce you to five actionable steps you can take to get started on your farm succession plan.

Register for this free webinar or for more information contact joy.kirkpatrick@wisc.edu  608.263.3485. If you can’t join the webinar on December 15, it will be recorded and shared with registrants a week after the webinar. 

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