LSP Farm Transition Course

Are you a farmland owner or retiring farmer looking to transition ownership or rent your farmland in ways that reflect your values? During the winter of 2024, the Land Stewardship Project is hosting an online holistic Farm Transition Planning Course designed to help you act on your conservation and social values. Six 2 ½ hour sessions will bring professionals, farmers, and LSP staff together to dig into values, goals, and communication strategies, as well as generational, financial, legal, and long-term care considerations.

“As a landowner, you have the power to determine the legacy of your land — that decision is the most important
decision you can make.”  
— Bill McMillin, a retired southeastern Minnesota farmer who,
with his wife Bonnie, transitioned the family farm to a non-related beginning farmer-neighbor

“DO IT!! It’s a must, very good foundational level information. Gained access to vital resources I
otherwise would not have had access to. Peer group setting helped me build the confidence needed
to move forward.”
— past LSP Farm Transition Course participant

The dates and times for the course are:

Feb. 1: Goal Setting for Life & Land, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Feb. 8: Financial Considerations, 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Feb. 15 : Legal Considerations,  5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Feb. 22: Working with Next Generation Farmers, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Feb. 29: Long Term Care Considerations, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

March 7: Resources and Planning Next Steps, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.


To register for this course, click here.


For more information, contact LSP’s Karen Stettler at

How one Farm Did it

Dairy farmers Jim (left) and Al Ideker, shown here with Judy and Paul Olson. “The older generation has to be willing to step aside, and the younger generation has to be willing to put forth the effort,” says Jim.

Check out this recent Land Stewardship Letter article (“A Ticket to Transition”) on how one dairy farm has been passed on to the next generation.