Thursday, September 25, 2014

Handmade, Natural Ornaments Needed for 4-H Tree at Inn at Virginia Tech

The Virginia 4-H Office will again have a holiday tree on display at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 4-H members or groups are encouraged to submit ornaments made from natural items, such as acorns, sticks, plant fibers, etc. Please submit your donations to the Extension office by November 1st. Ornaments will not be returned. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Officer Training Workshop Will be Held Monday, November 17

All Orange 4-H clubs should elect officers at their October club meetings. Officer training will be held Monday, November 17, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This year we will meet here at the Orange Extension Office in the public meeting room. 4-H members from Madison County will join us as well. Please hold this date on your calendar. 

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.