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RSS 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.

Create a Custom Operation

Nov 20, 2009

For an aspiring agripreneur, becoming a custom operator may be the ideal opportunity to:

  -  learn the intricacies of farming
  -  develop good money management skills 
  -  establish good customer service habits
  -  develop a reputation for reliability
  -  create some business equity

Running a business is an excellent opportunity to develop the leadership skills necessary to eventually assume a management position in a larger family operation. Most families underestimate the value of off-farm experience. The self-employment opportunity or serving as an employee for someone else will better prepare a person to work within the family operation.
For Aspiring or Newly-Minted Leaders:
Staring Down SuccessionBy Jeanne Bernick for Farm Journal 12/2009
We Simply Want What’s Best – By Kevin Spafford for Farm Journal 10/2009

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