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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.

The Ultimate Harvest

Sep 17, 2013

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Like everything else in farming, multigenerational success is the result of planting the right seeds, nurturing an appreciation for farming and then guiding the next generation through a defined transition process. Your plan must contain provisions for the ownership transfer, leadership development, financial security and estate taxes. Beyond that, everything else is a measure of leadership. It all depends on the capabilities of people involved in the process.  

Consider the operation:

  • Is it recognized as a well-led, profitably managed and efficiently maintained enterprise?
  • Do others in the industry emulate the practices employed in the operation?
  • Do others imitate the methods used and adopt them as best practices?


For family members and loyal employees:

  • Do employees, suppliers and third-party vendors speak admiringly of your operation and seek your opinions?
  • Are your children and/or loyal employees considered leaders in their respective fields?
  • Do they command the respect and admiration of industry peers?
  • Are they ready, willing and able to assume more prominent roles in the operation?
  • And, most importantly, do you abide their leadership skills and respect their abilities?

As the owner:

  • Do you demonstrate a 'leadership by example' that others respect, admire and willingly follow?
  • Are you gradually yielding control while maintaining the communication necessary to guide decisions and mentor others?


Leadership is a multifaceted pursuit of better. It's a quest for constant improvement. With the right leadership, anything is possible. Without it, nothing is.

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