Crops, Programming

“Discussing the Undiscussabull”

In working with so many family farm transitioning programs, the financial planning, wills and other legal matters are always discussed, but not much is said regarding how to take the first step by starting those tough conversations about family farm succession. The final 2011-2012 Farmers & Ranchers College program is addressing just that issue by bringing in a professional certified coach with an agricultural background, Elaine Froese from Manitoba, Canada.  Froese’s expertise in helping families get unstuck is sought after across the country. She has worked with families in business for over 20 years and is now coaching the next generation. Elaine is a professional certified coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. She holds a Conflict Resolution Certificate from Mediation Services, mediating for the Farm Debt Mediation Service. Her degree as a professional home economist is from the University of Manitoba.

She listens and coaches in the sacred space of family business meetings, and she inspires new scenarios for people of all ages. Elaine believes that change is an opportunity, not a threat…she has practical tools to help people discuss the “undiscussabull” to make their dreams come true. She has authored the award winning book Planting the Seed of Hope: a celebration of prairie life.   Elaine farms in southwestern Manitoba, and enjoys hikes, camping, watercolors, and watching the prairie sky. Like you, Elaine understands agriculture, and she wants a happy family.

This dynamic program, “Discuss the Undiscussabull” will be held on March 15, 2012 at the San Carlos Community Room (next to the Pour House) in Friend, NE. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with the meal starting at 6:00 with the program to follow. Programs such as those would cost well over $100 to cover costs, however with the generous success of the Farmers & Ranchers College sponsors, this program is free. In order to save your spot and reserve a meal, registration is needed by calling the Fillmore County Extension office at (402) 759-3712 or emailing

The Farmers & Ranchers College is sponsored by area agribusiness, commodity groups in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

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