COLLEGE STATION – Producers and landowners with tax decisions on their minds might want to add estate planning to the mix this year. A series of four Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Seminars slated across Texas in February and March can help, said a Texas Cooperative Extension economist.

"These seminars are designed as a guide to making difficult estate planning decisions," said Dr. Wayne Hayenga, Extension economist and attorney. "We will provide a thorough analysis of relevant income and estate tax rules that affect families and agricultural businesses."

The seminars are slated Feb. 21-22 in Denton at the Denton County Government Center (306 N. Loop 288); March 6-7 in San Angelo at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center (7887 U.S. Highway 87 North); March 13-14 in Houston at the Extension office in Harris County (3033 Bear Creek Drive); and March 27-28 in Weslaco at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center (2415 East Highway 83).

Each runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is limited: the fee of $125 per person covers all materials, refreshments and lunches.

"We will discuss estate administration and tax reporting requirements so that either person in a marriage can plan ahead for the surviving spouse," Hayenga said. "This information is also useful for potential estate executors or trustees. We will also discuss several estate planning devices for individuals and agricultural businesses."

For more information or to register, contact Sharon Wehring at 979-845-2226 or by email ats-wehring@tamu.edu.