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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.
Not one to fawn over the famous, but this obituary caught my attention. To be included in the ‘Remembrances’ section of the Wall Street Journal is a big deal. To warrant a quarter page, is a testament to the profile of that particular person. James G. Boswell, II was just such a character. He exemplified many of the traits we admire in great leaders. He was a trend setter, he was fearless, he had a big vision and he took action. To be the biggest at anything garners attention; to do it in farming, in agriculturally rich, environmentally predisposed, water-challenged California, and without a lot of fanfare is quite another.
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