An important point to remember: farm succession planning requires family members to communicate openly and honestly with each other. This strategy builds trust and mutual respect between family members so that their farming operation has the opportunity to prosper for the next generation and to insure their family farming legacy continues with success. The ultimate goal of a successful succession plan must be directed at keeping the farm in the family as well as keeping family members on their farming operation for future generations.
A farm family must create and then formalize a clear vision for the future of their family farm, especially when passing on the farm to the next farming generation in order that their legacy of faming farming continues into the future. This vision must be adopted by all family members involved and used as the starting point to begin mapping out a specific succession plan to accomplish a successful transition of farm ownership in order to preserve a farming legacy for future generations of family farmers.
Developing and implementing a business management contingency plan to overcome unexpected changes to the organizational structure and/or management leadership to a family farm is crucial for the continued success of a farming operation. Having a business management plan is an important step in preventing potential misunderstandings between farm family members as well as helping to avoid possible family legal disputes especially if unexpected changes happen. Can a farm business survive a potential shark attack (unexpected change) and still prosper? An effective management strategy is to put yourself in the ‘shark tank’ and start addressing some difficult questions and possible situations.
Farm family members must be motivated to adopt effective communication strategies when farming together that builds better understanding and eliminates potential family conflicts. Simple misunderstandings as well as the stress of farming can prevent family members (even in a farm marriage) from effectively communicating and working together in a family operation. Establishing effective channels of communication can create a dynamic change in personal relationships between farm family members as well as be an extremely powerful tool in achieving stronger family bonds especially during stressful times in agriculture.
Achieving stronger and more positive working relationships between farm family members is a management strategy that promotes a more successful multi-generation family farming operation. Identifying opportunities which avoid the common mistakes that often result in a farm family business failure is the secret for long term success. The family bond of working together to achieve the same goals provides a farm family with the inner strength to conquer the stress and daily pressures of the farming operation itself. Strong family relationships are characterized by a dedicated commitment to the success of their farming operation as well as fostering support and appreciation for each other.
Many times in a family farming operation or a family business, the efforts and contributions of individual family members are quite easily taken for granted and are never fully recognized. Too often the hectic pace, the burdensome workload, and the numerous stresses of the farm business itself prevent family members from expressing their actual feelings and needs for each other. This keynote is an entertaining and humorous program presentation packed with laughter along with a message on the importance of family relationships that will be long remembered by everyone.
An entertaining and very humorous program message designed specifically for a farm women’s audience dealing with farm family relationships during stressful times in agriculture while keeping a positive attitude and focus in the family. Program content is very similar to Be Sure to Count the Roosters but the message is directed toward farm women and their vital role in the family dynamics of a farming operation.
A farm business succession planning program designed for farm women. The focus of this presentation is directed at the fact that most farm women usually outlive their farming husband. If no previous farm family ownership succession planning has been accomplished, the surviving wife now has the burden of taking over the ownership as well as the management decision making of the family farming operation (often with limited preparation and experience). This can be an emotional and certainly stressful situation for some farm women. Too often farm wives are faced with the challenge of keeping the farm in her family along with handling any potential conflicts with other family members. Program content is similar to Keeping your Farm in the Family for Future Generations and Mapping Out a Succession Plan to Continue your Family Farming Legacy but the message is directed toward farm wives who might be required to take over both the roles of ownership and management of a farming operation while being faced with the task of developing a farm business succession planning strategy for the next generation in her family.
A farm succession planning program designed for young farm producer dealing with farm ownership family succession and business planning strategies when farming with parents while helping to avoid potential conflicts/jealousies with other siblings who are not involved with the family farming operation. Program content is similar to Keeping your Farm in the Family for Future Generations and Mapping Out a Succession Plan to Continue your Family Farming Legacy but the message is directed toward young farm producers who someday hope to gain a share of ownership of their family farming operation. Will their years of sweat equity be fully rewarded? How can young producers convince their parents of the importance and need to develop/implement a farm ownership succession plan? What planning options allow a young farmer to work with their parents to accomplish this task as well as identify a management strategy that creates an opportunity for their future farming success and allows them to accomplish their dreams/hopes as a young beginning farmer.
An entertaining and humorous program for young farm couples with a motivational message on the importance of not taking each other for granted in farm marriage. Program content is similar to Be Sure to Count the Roosters but the message is directed toward younger farm couples in their early years of marriage.
“I cannot express enough gratitude for the incredible Farm Transitioning Program you facilitated for us. Your message was clear, concise, effective, meaningful and powerful. There are very few programs that one can attest that truly help people, but this one is the exception. You touched at the very core of family values, family issues, and family relationships. Your presentation was inspiring and presented real information on a subject that is rarely discussed within families. This was without question the best educational program we have hosted in a very long time. Thank you for making it a rousing success!”
Ogle County Farm Bureau, Manager
"It is never too early for farm family members to begin a succession planning process for their farm. Most often farm families make the mistake of waiting until it is too late and now nothing can be done to put a plan in place that preserves their farm for future generations."
"The unexpected happens most often when you least expect it. If something happened to your farming operation and/or to a family member today, does everyone already know and understand what will happen tomorrow? Without a farm ownership succession plan, what might now happen next?"
"Farm succession planning requires open and honest communications between all farm family members involved. Can your farm family effectively communicate as well as share their personal feelings with each other?"
"Celebrate the success of implementing a farm ownership succession plan that keeps your farm in the family as well as appreciate the peace of mind that your farming legacy will now continue for the next family generation."