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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.

A Great Time to Inventory...

Jun 21, 2011

Ashton and Jim Rickert at Prather   P1010452From Legacy Moment eNewsletter (06/17/2011)
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Take stock of all that you have, and think about who is involved in your life. Father’s Day is an excellent time for parents and their children to contemplate their working relationship. Achievement in the family business is always a team event, and long-term success is dependent on family support. 


On ‘Leave a Legacy TV’ we hear from some of the most prominent agriculture entrepreneurs in America. Many of these family business leaders have strong feelings about family and business. Taking a few moments to recall what is good about family, friends and opportunities is a good way to begin the weekend.

The following excerpts offer some insight into a few of the dads who have influenced the Farm Journal Legacy Project and, more importantly, are raising great families.

Pete Clark
– November 2010:
“One of the things my dad always told me, and I tried to pass to my kids, is it’s not about getting rich if you love what you do. If it’s good for your family, that’s the most important thing.”

Donny DeLine November 2010:
“My situation’s a little different. My dad retired… and has come back and he’s helping me now in a large way… There’s definitely a comfort level with him being back, versus if it was just me taking care of everything.”
Chad Olsen – January 2010:
About spending three months on the road: “I think they [wife and kids] enjoy leaving for harvest even more than I do. They just enjoy seeing the country, and we get to spend a lot of family time together.”
Gregg Halverson – September 2010:
“If I were to give a little bit of advice, I would say live every day to your fullest because you never know when the dynamic of your family will change.”

News & Resources for You

At one time or another, most of us can use some guidance with family communication. These tools may help.
Our Legacy Project Case Study Families demonstrate great family values. Have you been following their stories?
What about those who feel like family? Make a plan to retain your non-family key employees.
Registration is now open for Legacy Project Workshops in August and December. Please join us in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. 
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