The 2016 New York Farm Transfer Conference, presented by NY FarmNet, will focus will focus on providing farm families with the tools necessary to begin developing a farm business succession plan with their advisors. The conference will be held on February 2-3 at the DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse, New York. This conference provides farm families and their advisors critical information on the farm transfer process and identifies effective legal and financial strategies that will make a transfer more successful.

John Baker, Esq. is the conference keynote speaker. Baker is Attorney-at-law and administrator at the Beginning Farmer Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Baker has worked with farm families across Iowa on a variety of legal, family, and farm transfer issues for three decades, and is a frequent speaker at national meetings on farm succession planning. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree from Drake University. In addition, Baker is founder and chair of the International Farm Transition Network, an organization that supports programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

“Farmers need to develop a vision, communicate that vision to family and key employees, and have an understanding of available legal and financial strategies to successfully transfer the farm to the next generation,” said Ed Staehr, executive director of NY FarmNet and a senior extension associate with the Dyson School at Cornell University.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Crop Insurance and Risk Management Program; and Farm Credit East are platinum-level sponsors of this meeting. The Stanley Warren Teaching Endowment provides additional support for this conference. Program sponsorships are still available.