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.
Thank You, Pioneer
Jan 27, 2010
I’ve spent many hours this month in a pressurized cabin in the sky, criss-crossing the country, firing-up elements of the Legacy Project---speaking events, conferences and Leave a Legacy TV. As many of you know, the generous support from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. is making this endeavor possible. As an agricultural company they anticipate that forward-thinking operators, future CEOs and agripreneurs of tomorrow will participate in, and benefit from, this important initiative.
The goal seems simple enough: to help family agribusiness owners successfully pass the farming operation to the next generation – by providing good succession planning information, appropriate tools and relevant services.
The Legacy Project will encourage action and celebrate success. Historical statistics point to a high probability of loss, and the likelihood of failure. The good folks at Pioneer acknowledge that, without help, most farm operations will not transition to the next generation.
From the news conference at AgConnect
: “The Legacy Project
is the single largest industry initiative of its kind in agriculture today. This pledge by Pioneer to the Legacy Project represents a continuation of its decades-long support for North American growers and their business success through its products, services and financial commitments to agriculture.” (See also “Why We Support the Legacy Project”)
As an industry, we should take a moment to thank Pioneer for shouldering the leadership role on this watershed issue. They essentially are saying, “your problem (generational transition) is our problem. As your strategic partner, we’ll succeed only to the extent you succeed. We’re here to help.”
More Legacy Project Resources:
- Leave a Legacy TV Schedule and Local Listings – Don’t miss this week’s premier episode on TV, or online.
- Weekly eNewsletter – Keep up on Legacy Project updates... sign up for the new weekly eNews.
- Legacy Project Website – Check out the newly-launched site, dedicated solely to succession planning for agribusiness owners. The site is updated daily with information, tools, and opportunities - so be sure to visit often.
- Follow the Legacy Project on Facebook and Twitter.
With Pioneer's support, the Legacy Project will encourage action and celebrate success.