To assist with these difficult decisions KAMS can refer families to experienced KSRE Farm Analyst to analyze the enterprises and share current agriculture data and information. Another helpful referral might be to KAMS’ Farm Mediation Legal Counseling Program to work with an attorney. In many cases the analyst and attorney are neutral “resource persons” who are present at the mediation to answer questions, analyze options and provide ideas and guidance to the family as a whole regarding financial, legal, and farm management implications of the transition.
When an “agriculture credit” issue is involved in the family farm transition, mediation services are offered at no cost to the producers. For example if restructuring the operation affects the ability of each party to service the debt, or if a creditor is involved, there is no charge for the actual mediation.
However, due to funding restrictions if a family mediation does NOT include an “agriculture credit” situation an affordable fee for service is charged. For more information call the toll-free number 800-321-3276.