Video conference to address landowner financial and tax issues on Marcellus Shale gas leasing

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Signing a Marcellus Shale natural gas lease is a life-changing event for landowners lucky enough to be on top of the major find. But huge questions arise and need to be answered before and after any landowner signs a lease.

That’s why American Agriculturist, Ag Choice Farm Credit, Penn State Cooperative Extension and Cornell Cooperative Extension have teamed up experienced professionals with crucial answers.


They’ll host a live video conference Dec. 10 with links to at least eight sites in Pennsylvania. The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with a one hour lunch break.

A six-member panel will tackle issues arising before you sign a gas lease all the way through managing risks, handling of royalties and landowner succession planning.


The panel includes: Atty. Gary Heim, CPA Jim Leonard, Penn State Extension’s Marcellus team coordinator Dave Messersmith, farmer and lease consultant Jackie Root, and Ag Choice Farm Credit’s Tim Sutherland and Amy Van Blarcom.

You can attend one of eight host sites in Pennsylvania and sites yet to be named in New York.

You’ll also be able to get your questions answered live via the conference hookup.


For more details and to make advance reservations, contact one of the following host sites:

– In New York, e-mail

Penn State Extension – Wayne County
Contact: Dave Messersmith, or call 570-253-5970 x 4110

Penn State Extension – Tioga County
Contact: Craig Williams, or call 570-724-9120

Penn State Extension – Forest County
Contact: Scott Weikert, or call 814-755-3544

Penn State Extension – Sullivan County
Contact: Rick Smith, or call 570-928-8941

Penn State/University Park
Contact: Mike Jacobson, or call 814-865-3994

AgChoice Farm Credit – New Stanton
Contact: Doug Huston, or call 724-696-3276 or 800-487-4135

AgChoice Farm Credit – Butler
Contact: Kathy Hartzell, or call 724-482-2173 or 800-829-0056

AgChoice Farm Credit – Lewisburg
Contact: Erin Bingaman, or call 570-524-2204 or 800-223-3276

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