Leave a Legacy
By: Kevin Spafford
, Legacy Project
Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project. He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.
5 Points of Consideration for Talking with Dad...
Mar 30, 2010
Recently at the Young Farmers Program in Chicago, I had the privilege of presenting a breakout session entitled “How to Talk to Dad.” Since Ben Hudye of Hudye Farms was planning to attend my session, I asked him to join in and share his story.
I had met Ben at his farm in Burlington, Colo., on a chilly day in early December. During the visit we had a candid conversation regarding his leadership philosophy, and about his start in the family agribusiness. The size and scope of his operation -- from the eastern plains of Colorado to the prairie of Saskatchewan -- serve as a testament to achievement. The experience of growing the operation with his dad and brother became a model for the approach he uses today with his own family. Ben provides an excellent example of "what can be," if you align your objectives and work to create something bigger than self.
Listen in as Ben shares insights from his perspective as both a father and a son: