University of Missouri Extension presents a free play in Chillicothe tonight (Friday night) in efforts to help farmers talk about succession planning. The play, entitled “Map of My Kingdom”, will give members of farming communities a look at the difficult process of transferring farmland from one generation to the next.
The 1 hour play, written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander, looks at the issue of preserving farm family legacies.
Afterwards, short presentations will be given by experts in farmland succession planning. Those experts include University of Missouri agricultural business development specialists who teach a new course for farmers to create their own estate plans. B.J. Richardson, an attorney specializing in farm estate planning and tax law, will be directly involved in the presentations.
During the drama, character Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, will share stories of how farmers and ranchers she has worked with almost came to blows with family members, and struggled to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, some ending their relationships. Others, on the other hand, found peaceful and rational solutions focusing on the viability of the family and the land.
The program is tonight (Friday night) from 7 to 9 o’clock at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Chillicothe High School. Although the play is free, donations will be accepted and appreciated.