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    Agricultural Sector Soft Skills training in navigating challenging farm family succession, inheritance and farm progression conversations

    Teagasc Offices Portlaoise Eircode: R32CF21 courses
    Training content:

     This programme is an advanced agricultural mediation skills programme simplified in a step-by-step process. The programme is specifically targeted at front line agricultural professionals and agricultural consultants focusing on the economic, social and environmental impact within succession planning conversations in the agricultural sector.

    Participants will build on existing skills and develop their facilitative capabilities in a highly interactive learning environment.


    Aims and Objectives
    • Normalising succession and challenging conversations using mediation skills.
    • Creating awareness and understanding of the cognitive, emotional and physical challenges facing farmers and farm families.
    • Facilitate and hold the space when faced with emotionally challenging conversations.
    • Incorporate self-care and reflective practice strategies.

    This programme will provide those who currently engage with farmers and agricultural asset owners with tools and strategies to address the complex issue of succession planning though a practical yet pragmatic approach.

    The programme will allow the application of theory and practice to the ongoing activities aligned with succession conversations. Role play will be incorporated throughout the training.

    Programme modules include;
    • Understanding the journey to date – listening and paraphrasing skills.
    • Farmer, family and the farm business identity the intertwined complexities.
    • Generational differences. Values and beliefs.
    • A one-day roleplay and hands on workshop on facilitating and mediating succession and inheritance conversations. 

    The AEIOU model will be incorporated into this agricultural mediation training.

    • Addressing assumptions, Asset rich and cash poor. Aware of WATNA
    • Expectations, entitlements. Equal / fair. Environmental sustainability
    • Income, investing and identity
    • Opportunities and outcomes
    • United as a family
    This training will:

    Create an appetite and appreciation for communication skills within farming and the agri sector.

    Develop a deeper understanding of complex conversations pertaining to the agricultural and rural communities.

    Incorporate and sustain self-care and reflective practise.

    Sign up today!

    Register here

    Dates: 24th and 25th September and 15th October.

    Venue: Park Hotel, Mullingar Co. Westmeath

    Course cost- to include course materials, refreshments and lunch each day is €430 Macra Members/€465 Non Members

    For further details on the course please see


    Please note that our part-funded training rate is only available to those working or living in the Republic of Ireland. On occasion, those outside of this region can still attend training at the full rate but should contact the Skillnet team on or on 01-4268905  for further information.