Farmers looking for a change of pace, responsibility or market are encouraged to attend the Shifting Gears program offered by the UW-Madison Division of Extension at various locations in the state.
Shifting Gears is a three-day program that helps farmers look at where farmers are now, where they want to be and how do they get to where they want to be. The first day focuses on family living costs, current balance sheets and risk tolerance while the second day will look at visioning, goals, estate planning and tax considerations as farmers shift gears. The final day of the program will focus on marketing their skills in the job market, evaluating potential farm markets and enterprises, and will feature a panel discussion on niche/value added farming.
Shifting Gears is offered at four locations, with all sessions held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
• Vernon Electric, 110 Saugstad Road, Westby, Feb. 26, March 5, and March 13. Registration: Vernon County Extension office at 608-637-5276.
• First National Bank and Trust, 321 E. Milwaukee Street, Argyle, Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14. Registration: Green County Extension office at 608-328-9440.
• Soldiers Grove Public Library, 102 Passive Sun Drive, Soldiers Grove, March 6, 13, and 20. Registration: Crawford County Extension office at 608-326-0223.
• Wisconsin Bank & Trust, 10 Keystone Parkway, Platteville, March 14, 21 and 28. Registration: Grant County Extension office, 608-723-2125.