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Speakers announced for 2018 Farm News Ag Show

By Staff | Oct 31, 2018

Diann Andrews, estate and succession planning specialist and owner of NextStage Legacy Advisors is bringing her expertise to the 17th annual Farm News Ag show at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Andrews said her presentation, “planning is a process, not an event,” will step through the personal retirement and exit planning experiences of a farm family, identify the roadblocks to successful planning and propose various solutions for typical planning concerns.

“Attendees should expect to learn the basic information and steps needed to develop a comprehensive plan, possible solutions that might be applicable to their personal situation and that planning should not be conducted in a vacuum, but with the assistance of outside advisors and that planning is a process, not an event,” she said.

Who has the time to devote to learning and making informed decisions about retirement and exit planning?

“With my presentation, I will endeavor to break through that information and sensory overload to provide basic understanding of the components developing a plan and a few solutions to common issues,” she said. “In most cases, such planning requires a team effort to implement. I will identify the typical roles that various members of such a team play.”

Background and experience

Andrews owns NextStage Legacy Advisors, a premier independent fee-based financial planning firm that specializes in succession and exit planning for family businesses.

“I help business owners decide on a path to exit or transition from their business,” says Andrews. “This could include a retirement glide path, selling the business, transitioning ownership to family and more.”

Andrews said she relates to business owners and the fact that their focus tends to be on day to day activities rather than planning decisions that become increasingly important as they age and their children enter the business. She helps her clients determine:

– The optimal transition method(s) available given their goals and objectives.

– How they can generate retirement income from their business.

– Steps to assure the continuation of their operations.

– How to assure the well-being of their family in the event something happened to them.

The 17th annual Farm News Ag Show will be held Dec. 5 and 6 at the Iowa Central East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge.

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Speakers announced for 2018 Farm News Ag Show

By Staff | Oct 31, 2018

Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center is bringing his knowledge of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) to the Farm News Ag show at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The INRS is Iowa’s response, Helmers said to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force that began calling on states to develop comprehensive nitrogen and phosphorus loss reduction through their action plan they began in 2008.

The INRS started in 2013.

“I will talk about the strategy, what practices we can use. Try to touch on and focus on what level of implementation of practices we need. What are the challenges associated with that? And what are some of the opportunities with that as well,” he said. “If we start to really increase practice adoption, I think there is opportunities for small businesses to get involved with helping with this.”

Making the changes necessary is a huge task.

“We need a large change in practices on the landscape and that’s not going to happen unless we have a lot of people working on this to get them implemented,” he said. “And I think that is one thing that doesn’t get talked about quite as much.”

Helmers said show goers can expect to receive a better understanding of the INRS by attending this presentation.

“Why it’s important and what practices would they think about using on their land? We will talk about how some of these practices won’t work everywhere, but, hopefully get show goers thinking about what could I do? What could I be a part of and what might work within my operation,” he said.

About Matt Helmers

Helmers is the Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, the Dean’s Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, where he has been on the faculty since 2003.

Dr. Helmers’ research areas include studies on the impact of nutrient management, cropping practices, drainage design and management, and strategic placement of buffer systems on nutrient export from agricultural landscapes. He has a regional Extension program working to increase adoption of practices that have the potential to reduce downstream nutrient export.

The 17th annual Farm News Ag Show will be held Dec. 5 and 6 at the Iowa Central East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge.

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