Submitted by Brandy Brabham,
WVU Extension Agent, 304-927-0975

The WVU Extension Service in Roane County is offering its final Progressive Farmer Winter Dinner Meeting Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Roane High School Vo-Ag Department in Spencer, WV. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with a meal provided by local sponsors, including Farm Credit and the Little Kanawha Conservation District.

Monday night's topic will be the "Farm Succession Planning" by Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. is the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Jesse's presentation will discuss the basics of farm succession planning and identify common pitfalls.

Since many producers fail to plan for the future of the operation or identify a successor to succeed them when retire or die, it is often too late to make plans to keep the operation going. This presentation will assist farmers with making the best choices for the future of their operation.

Prior to his academic endeavors, he was in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia, first with a large law firm, then as a solo practitioner. He represented agricultural clients in a wide range of matters. He has been active in the AALA since law school and presently serves on the Board of Directors. Jesse was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

This meeting is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested and suggested to plan for meals by Friday, March 15, 2013. To pre-register of for more information, call the WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

This series of meetings has taken place throughout the winter and is brought to you in part by the WVU Extension Service, the WVU Extension Service's Small Farm Center, and Farm Credit of the Virginias.

A complete list of winter dinner meetings sponsored by WVU Extension can be found at the following website http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/ag_dinner_meetings or by calling the local WVU-Roane County Extension Office at 304-927-0975.

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