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FARM IT FORWARD
(2007-01-04)
(wgvu) - TRANSITIONING THE FAMILY FARM FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER IS NOT AS EASY AS IT USED TO BE.

A PROGRAM THIS WEEKEND WILL HELP FAMILY FARMS SURVIVE.
THE FARM IT FORWARD PROGRAM WAS CONSIDERED A SUCCESS IN IOWA, WHERE IT WAS FIRST IMPLEMENTED OFFICIALS AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY.

THE COORDINATOR OF THE PROGRAM WILL COME TO SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN THIS WEEKEND FOR A SIMILAR PRESENTATION TO FARMERS FROM AROUND THE STATE CONCERNED WITH TRANSITIONING THEIR FARM TO A RELATIVE OR BUSINESS PARTNER WHEN THEY DECIDE TO STOP WORK ON THE FARM.

TOM CARY IS A PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT THE WEST MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COUNCIL SAYS THINGS HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE THE OUTLOOK FOR FARMING MUCH WORSE THAN IT WAS A GENERATION AGO.

CARY SAYS THE PROGRAM TOMORROW AND SATURDAY WILL BRING TOGETHER EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE STATE TO HELP FARMERS GET A HANDLE ON HOW TO ENSURE THEIR FARM LIVES ON LONG AFTER THEY DO.

IT TAKES PLACE IN HICKORY CORNERS, NEAR BATTLE CREEK.
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