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 Influence You Have
Sep 10, 2013
From Legacy Moment (09.06.2013).
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Bravo to Glen Cope. No sooner did we send out last week's Legacy Moment than we came across his "Influence of Farmers Continues to Grow" on the American Farm Bureau Federation's website. Beyond a voice in the ongoing food discussions, American farmers are continuing to gain esteem as leaders. From involvement in local communities to the CEOs of large farming conglomerates, American farmers are the quintessential entrepreneurs. They know how to get it done.
So, as we teeter on the brink of economic collapse and suffer the instability of prolonged unemployment, people will do well to learn from the American farmer. Farmers know how to ensure the family's financial security. Farmers have successfully weathered the storms of ambiguity and indifference. Farmers are an example of lasting achievement and stability.
"American farmers will continue to be among the best influencers in our society," Glen writes. So, in the search for families who have beaten the odds and stand as a testament to success, the legacy of the American farmer might be that example. As the quintessential family business owner, the American farmer is self-reliant, resilient and independent.
News & Resources for You:
Influence of Farmers Continues to Grow. (AFBF Focus on Agriculture; Sept. 4, 2013)
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