2014 Legacy Project Conference

Kansas City, Missouri
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Farm Journal Legacy Project Conference
December 2-3, 2014

InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza
404 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112

Building on the success and popularity of Farm Journal Legacy Project workshops, Farm Journal offers families an opportunity to take their succession planning a step further. This Legacy Project Conference will span two days and will dive deep into the logistics of creating a sound succession plan. You’ll hear from several experts who will provide information, insight and answer questions about how to take inventory of your current situation, specific legal and tax tools, how to resolve conflict and pass on your family’s legacy. Click here to view the tentative event agenda.

Event Speakers


Dick Wittman, Wittman Consulting, Culdesac, Idaho

Idaho farmer Dick Wittman manages a family partnership that includes crops, cattle and timber and provides consulting services for succession planning and financial management. He also conducts train-the-trainer workshops in an effort to expand the resource base of farm consultants. Wittman teaches at The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers and King Ranch Institute. He is the author of “Building Effective Farm Management Systems,” a guidebook to help farmers develop a transition and management process.


Paul Neiffer, CliftonLarsonAllen, Yakima, Wash.

As the agribusiness CPA and business adviser for CliftonLarsonAllen, Paul Neiffer specializes in income taxation and accounting services specific to the farm community. This includes succession planning issues and opportunities related to taxes and compliance. Neiffer writes a monthly tax column for Top Producer and blogs at www.AgWeb.com. He was raised on a dryland wheat and pea farm in Washington and still enjoys driving the combine during harvest.


Carolyn Rodenberg, Alternatives to Conflict, Lynchburg, Va.

As owner and founder of Alternatives to Conflict LLC, Carolyn Rodenberg has an extensive background in negotiation, business development and communication. Her firm, located in Virginia, focuses on solving and preventing conflict in the workplace, which includes mediating differences at play during the succession planning process. Through her work, she has facilitated positive changes within family-owned and closely-held businesses, such as farm operations, telephone companies and banks. 


Johnne Syverson, Transition Point Business Advisors, West Des Moines, Iowa

Financial planner and family business consultant Johnne Syverson helps families and business owners design and plan their futures. He teaches families how to pass on their values to future generations and prepare their heirs to receive financial and emotional inheritance. Syverson provides advice on charitable tax planning, which enables farmers to increase their income, reduce taxes and preserve their estate for heirs and charities.


Polly Dobbs, Starr Austen & Miller, LLP, Logansport, Ind.

Indiana attorney Polly Dobbs specializes in estate, wealth transfer and business succession planning. Her passion lies with helping family farms and closely-held businesses achieve a smooth transition. As part of a seven-generation farm family, she understands the unique issues facing farmers. Dobbs helps clients create holistic succession plans that promote family harmony and address their specific goals, while treating family members fairly, not necessarily equally. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.

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