SDSU Extension to Host Estate and Transition Planning Conference on January 10-11 in Oacoma

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension will host the Power of Women as AgVocates Conference on Jan. 10 – 11, at the Arrowhead Cedar Shore Resort and Conference Center in Oacoma. The theme of the conference is “The Power of Advocating: Estate and Transition Planning – The Difficult Conversations.”


“This conference is designed for women to learn about the power of advocating for you, your family, business and industry,” said Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “We are excited to have dynamic speakers to address the challenging conversations families have during difficult times. This will not be your ordinary estate and transition workshop, but we will share tools on how to navigate the challenging topics.”


Featured speakers: 


“Farm Transition, Your Journey from Simple to More Complex!” – Alan Hojer, Manager and

Legacy Consultant with “Keep Farmer’s Farming,” a division of First Dakota National Bank


Transition planning is a challenging and difficult journey for all farm and ranch families. Where you start your journey and what direction you take, whether simple or complex, it is important to set yourself up for success by having those tough conversations.


“Working with You is Killing Me!” – Kathy Peterson, Professional Speaker


In this session, you will learn how to effectively deal with people and situations that drive you crazy or don’t meet your expectations. The tips and techniques you will learn about are proven methods for effectively working through any workplace condition that causes you to go through the roof.


“Nuts and Bolts Strategies for Farm Succession” – Andrew Knutson, Attorney


Equity and equality are concepts that farmers and ranchers struggle with when they work on estate planning. This presentation explores farm succession and how to address its challenges. The session will discuss practical tools used to transition agricultural operations and land ownership from one generation to the next.


“Conversations that Matter: Advance Care Planning for Rural Women” – Theresa Grubbs, Registered Nurse, and Leacey Brown, SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist


Asking another person to make healthcare decisions for you may be one of the most difficult conversations of your life. This presentation will introduce you to advance care planning and demonstrate the value of advance care planning for you and your family, as well as provide strategies on how to get started.


“Finding Happiness in the Craziness of Life” – Kathy Peterson, Professional Speaker


Being happy is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those around us. Yet, for most people, the goal of being happy can seem like an unrealistic pursuit. In this inspirational and insightful presentation, you will be reminded that greater happiness and increased energy have been found to be the result of specific beliefs and behaviors. We’ll also discuss the five things that you can do, despite the craziness in your life, to find happiness too.


The conference begins on Friday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4:00 p.m. The registration fee is $50 and the registration deadline is Dec 13. For a full agenda, hotel information and to register, visit:


For more information, contact Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, at or 605.374.4177.

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