Transition workshop series planned for October |

Transition workshop series planned for October

Save the date for the “Ranch transition when you aren’t in control” workshops this fall sponsored by Nebraska Extension.

“This isn’t your mom and dad’s estate planning workshop,” said Extension Educator Bethany Johnston, one of the organizers

Johnstown said effective communication is one of the biggest obstacles to successfully transferring family ranching operations to future generations.

The workshop agenda will focus on communication, the biggest obstacle to transferring a family ranch. Lack of communication often hinders transitions of ranching operations. Plus, the workshops will cover all aspects of transitions ­— not only assets such as land, but also handing over the legal and management aspects of an operation.

Half-day workshops are planned at six locations. The dates and locations are Oct. 18 in North Platte and Thedford, Oct. 19 in Valentine and Sheridan County, and Oct. 20 in Scottsbluff and Sidney.

After the workshops, a trained communication coach will follow up with ranch families to individually support them in asking tough questions and dealing with potential conflicts. The process will continue with three more in-depth transition workshops, planned for January, designed to help families navigate dead-end situations and finalize transition plans.

Registration for each site will be coordinated by the nearest county-based Extension office.

» North Platte: (308) 532-2683 or email

» Thedford: (308) 645-2267 or

» Valentine: (402) 376-1850 or

» Rushville: Extension Office at (308) 327-2312.

» Scottsbluff: (308) 632-1247, email

» Sidney: (308) 235-3122, email

-UNL Extension

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