Leave a Legacy
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.
The Legacy of the American Farmer
Sep 05, 2013
From Legacy Moment (08.30.2013).
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The entrepreneurial gene is part of the American psyche. We hail from a people who risked it all in the hope of achieving more and creating a better life. From across the sea, the American Farmer populated the Plains, crossed the great divide and settled the West. The American Farmer provided food and fabric to a growing nation. The American Farmer created frontier communities and established a system of commerce. It wasn't luck, or fate or even circumstance; it was a dogged determination by the American Farmer to succeed and create something better. Today, we might not be far removed from those early years. As resourceful people look for answers, they'll be reading instruction manuals, viewing how-to websites, and looking for do-it-yourself guides for starting a business. There is no better place to look than the legacy of the American Farmer.
Your help will be greatly appreciated. As you read these words your mind might have wandered to examples of great American Farmers. You might have thought about the character traits that define the farm community. You might have flashed to your own family and imagined scenes from days gone by. Whatever the above statement means to you, please send me your thoughts at Ask Kevin.
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