PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: 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.
Juggling the current working demands of the farm along with family obligations can become quite a challenge to anyone. Persons get so wrapped up in their own individual problems, they fail to communicate effectively with others. Everyone is talking but no one might be listening. This breakdown in family communications quickly leads to misunderstandings as well as potential conflicts between farm family members. Never underestimate the importance of family communications in order to achieve a more positive impact in family working relationships on the farm. Striving toward building family harmony (while avoiding potential conflict) is one of the real secrets for success in a farming operation committed to open and effective communications between family members. Helping farm families to build stronger family relationships through better lines of communication is the goal of this presentation.