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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.

It's Simple to Start

Oct 02, 2012

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Succession is affected by everything. There is no way to narrow it down to a single issue or prescribed standard solution. I encourage each farm family to establish a succession plan; without a plan the odds are severely stacked against the success of the family and the operation.
 
Planning for succession compels the family to discuss, among other things, threats to the operation—regulations, environmental issues, labor, markets, the cost of doing business—and more importantly, the compromises necessary to realize their long-term dreams.
 
As the family talks about succession and the challenges of the process, asking the following questions may help to focus the conversation:
 
  • Are our goals centered on continuing to farm?
  • Are our goals focused on preserving a farming legacy on family land?
  • Are our goals intent on growing family wealth and providing future generations with career opportunities?
 
Using simple reasoning like this, the family may more clearly define common goals.
 

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Get started today by clarifying your goals right here.
 
With family, as with any business, it's important to have a strong business plan.
 
December will be here before you know it. Remember to sign up now for the Legacy Project Workshops in Amarillo, Texas; Salina, Kansas; and Denver, Colorado.
 
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