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.
From One Generation to the Next
Jun 20, 2012
From Legacy Moment
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Wes Kerr is a well-spoken young man. As a dad, son and farmer, he’s qualified to offer some perspective as we head into this Father’s Day weekend. I had the privilege of getting to know Wes and the Kerr family this spring. As featured guests on "Leave a Legacy TV," the Kerrs were warm and welcoming.
Like many farm families, they live a heritage that has been passed from one generation to the next. And, not unlike every other farm family, their road has not been a straight line. Through trial and error, the family and Kerr Dairy have grown to become a shining example of what most aspire to achieve.
In the interview with Wes, he said, "We need to be innovative and look at new ways to do things all the time. Not forgetting the old ways – the things that my grandfather was doing to make him a successful farmer." Wes explained, "It’s a combination of both, and they’re both equally important."
Looking back on the accomplishments of the family dairy founder, Wes asked, "What did he do to enable the farm to be passed down to me? And, what can I do to be able to further think ahead and pass the farm down to our kids?" Answering, he concluded, "I think we’re gonna deal with many, many more things that my grandfather didn’t necessarily have to deal with…we’re just gonna have to have our A-game the whole way!"
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Worth a second look: In 2010, father and son John and Aaron Phipps spoke candidly about the adventure of working together as partners on the farm.
Photo courtesy of the Kerr family photo album (shows Bill with a young Wes).