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Mar 13

International Farm Transition Network - Farm Succession Project

Wednesday, March 13

SDSU Extension and the International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) will hold an online training session on March 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. CDT. This session will cover the Béal Átha na Muice Farm Succession and Wellbeing European Innovation Project.

IFTN sessions provide educational training to industry professionals working with farmers and ranchers on their succession and estate plans, and attendees will be eligible to receive continuing education units (CEU) upon attending.

One of the major challenges facing the agricultural industry worldwide is an aging farming population. With a growing global population, the demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by the year 2050, requiring the agricultural industry to possess a vibrant and committed workforce moving forward to achieve such demands. In this context, the timely and smooth transition of farm assets through an effective farm succession plan is fundamental to the sustainability of agriculture. Farm succession is a complex process, however, that can cause a significant amount of stress, which can negatively affect the health and well-being of farmers and others within farm households.

Conscious of this complexity, this IFTN training session will feature Breian Carroll, Managing Director and Senior Agronomist at Carroll Consultancy based in Swinford, Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland and Secretary-General of Ireland’s Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA), who will present the work he led on the Béal Átha na Muice Farm Succession and Wellbeing European Innovation Project. This initiative was formed and implemented within a farming community in the west of Ireland to help stimulate increased levels of intergenerational farm transfer and provides a template of best practice that can help lead to the development of innovative policy initiatives that support farmers navigate their way through the complex process of farm succession, thereby helping to relieve the many stresses traditionally attributed to the process, while simultaneously improving farmer wellbeing and assisting in the development of sustainable farm enterprises into the future.

This session will be led by Breian Carroll, the Managing Director and Senior Agronomist at Carroll Consultancy based in Swinford, Co. Mayo, in the west of Ireland. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from University College Dublin (UCD), a Certificate in Auctioneering and Estate Agency from Athlone Institute of Technology, and in 2017, he graduated with a Masters in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute (IMI) at University College Cord (UCC). Breian was appointed Secretary-General of the Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA), the sole representative body for private agricultural consultants and advisors in Ireland, in July 2019. He was a member of the judging panel for Ireland’s Young Farmer of the Year awards in 2009 and 2017, as well as for the Agri-Business Awards 2015, 2016, and 2017. Breian was also a past board member of the Skillnets Funding Steering Committee with the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME), and is currently a key Irish representative on the PREMIERE Horizon Europe Project’s Multi-actor Advisory Panel for the Atlantic Macro-Region.


Online registration is required so participants can receive the link to join the Zoom meeting. Use the form below to register. For questions or more information, contact Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist.