Monday, September 15, 2014

Succession Solutions for Farm Families

Succession is the watershed issue facing America’s family farmers. Planning for a smooth ownership transition and preparing the next generation to lead is tough. Providing financial security and eliminating the estate tax can be complex and confusing. If multigenerational success is your goal, this presentation is for you.
In this session, participants will learn the five keys to preserving the farm, and passing a successful operation to a well-prepared next generation. During the session, you’ll learn about the planning process, good communication strategies, and how to overcome obstacles. Utilizing tips from this workshop will help ensure the farm remains in the family, provides financial security, and offers career opportunities for generations to
Workshop participants will gain the confidence and preliminary tools to seek succession solutions for their farm family.
Presenter Kevin Spafford is the founder of Legacy by Design, a firm dedicated to providing succession solutions for farm families. Over the last ten years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way
farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.
In 2013, Legacy by Design introduced eLegacyConnect, an online succession planning community complete with action plans, resource library, forums, a roster of advisors, and many other features to help farm and agribusiness owners plan for the future. As the architect of the Farm Journal Legacy Project, Kevin has facilitated more than 100 live events benefitting thousands of farm families across the U.S. He involves audiences in experiences that encourage action and generate results.

Northern Virginia 4-H Maker Festival

Join 4-H for a 4-H Maker Festival!
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4-H Short Film Festival

Join 4-H for a film festival!
High school students are invited to spend a weekend at the NOVA 4-H Ed Center learning to create a 3-5 minute short film October 17-19.
Participants will develop digital story-telling skills such as:
 Critical Media Analysis
 Story Boarding
 Video Editing
 Shot Composition
 Brain Mapping

 Participants may register as a film team of 3-5 members or they will select a team during the event.

 Participants may bring their own iPads/Tablets and one iPad will be available per film team.

 Participants will spend Friday evening and Saturday morning participating in exercises and workshops to teach them the fundamentals of creating a high quality short film.

 On Saturday afternoon, participants will begin a 24 hour period to create their short film. Films will be handed in Sunday at 2:30pm, followed by an exhibit of all of the films, judging, hors d’oeuvres and an award ceremony.

 All blue ribbon short films will be submitted to the Virginia 4-H Youth Voices Red Carpet Event in the spring.

 The Best 4-H Short Film will be submitted to the National FilmFest 4-H, with a stipend given to each member of the winning film team to support making this trip.

 Professionals in the film industry, film school graduate students and Virginia Cooperative Extension staff will lead the workshops, chaperone this weekend event and judge the short films.

 For $85, high school students will enjoy two nights at the 4-H Ed Center, five meals and multiple snacks, all program supplies, a t-shirt and will learn to create a high quality short film.

For more information or a registration form, please visit