Shifting Gears: Farmers – where to go from here?

University of Wisconsin Madison, Division of Extension to offer “Shifting Gears” a 3-day program designed for farmers moving into the retirement phase and looking for a change of pace, responsibility, or market.

“Shifting Gears” is a 3-day program looking at where farmers are now, where they want to be, and how they get to where they want to be.

The first day focuses on family living costs, current balance sheets, and risk tolerance. The second day will look at visioning, goals, estate planning, and tax considerations as farmers shift gears. The final day of the program will focus on marketing their skills in the job market, evaluating potential farm markets and enterprises, and will feature a panel discussion on niche/value added farming.

There are four locations throughout the state that farmers can attend this three day program.

Westby – Vernon Electric, 110 Saugstad Rd, on Tuesday February 26th, March 5th, and Wednesday March 13th, 2019. To register, please contact the Vernon County Extension Office at (608) 637-5276.

Argyle – First National Bank and Trust, 321 E. Milwaukee St., on Thursdays Feb 28th, March 7th, and March 14th 2019. To register, please contact the Green County Extension Office at (608) 328-9440.

Soldiers Grove – Public Library, 102 Passive Sun Dr., on Wednesdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 2019. To register, please contact the Crawford County Extension Office at (608) 326-0223.  Pre-register by February 27th

Platteville – Wisconsin Bank & Trust, 10 Keystone Pkwy, on Thursday’s March 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2019. To register, please contact the Grant County Extension Office at (608) 723-2125.


Cost for the program is $20 per day or $45 for all 3 days.

(Cost includes registration, materials, and lunch each day.)

Come for 1, 2, or all 3 days!

Shifting Gears Flyer and Registration Form 2019

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the county hosting the location.