Kevin SpaffordColumnist

Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert. As the host of ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, and columnist for Farm Journal and Implement & Tractor, Kevin addresses the questions and concerns of America’s farm families as they prepare to transition their operations from one generation to the next. Kevin’s succession planning resources are also offered to Farm Journal readers through Legacy Moment, a weekly eNewsletter, on his blog, and on the FarmJournalLegacyProject.com microsite. Through the Farm Journal Legacy Project, Kevin and his team at Legacy by Design, LLC are solely focused on "Cultivating Multigenerational Success in the Agricultural Community." Kevin

Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert. As the host of ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, and columnist for Farm Journal and Implement & Tractor, Kevin addresses the questions and concerns of America’s farm families as they prepare to transition their operations from one generation to the next. Kevin’s succession planning resources are also offered to Farm Journal readers through Legacy Moment, a weekly eNewsletter, on his blog, and on the FarmJournalLegacyProject.com microsite. Through the Farm Journal Legacy Project, Kevin and his team at Legacy by Design, LLC are solely focused on "Cultivating Multigenerational Success in the Agricultural Community." Kevin

Articles By Kevin Spafford

Jun 25, 2014

Commit to Success

From Legacy Moment (06.13.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. Though oft repeated, it's good to be mindful: Planning for succession is not an event but a process. A process that is composed of a series of simultaneous and consecutive events designed to transition the
Jun 18, 2014

Survival of the Fittest

From Legacy Moment (06.13.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. In nature, survival always favors the fittest. The definition of 'fit' (fastest, biggest, strongest or smartest), however may change according to circumstance. Whether at the individual level or as large agricultural conglomerate, certain needs must
Jun 12, 2014

Endow the Family for Generations to Come

From Legacy Moment (06.06.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. Succession has a lasting effect on family chemistry, operational integrity, financial security and, most importantly, future generations. But success isn't easy, and the process is not always linear. You must engage professionals with the experience
Jun 04, 2014

It Always Comes Down to Leadership

From Legacy Moment (05.30.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. Use the questions below to check your operation's readiness. The next generation is encouraged to promote new techniques, systems and methods. (yes/no) Management structure allows for expansion because each person is responsible for specific areas
May 29, 2014

Do You Have One?

May 20, 2014

Change or Improve? It's Only Semantics.

From Legacy Moment (05.16.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. People are always resistant to change. However, we love improvement. In making something better there's a corresponding reward for taking a measured risk. Your farm is a business. It must grow or it will slowly
May 13, 2014

Win-Win is an Expensive Luxury

From Legacy Moment (05.09.2014). Please join us for future issues, delivered via email each Friday. If your goal is consensus -- on any measure related to succession or family business -- it's not going to happen. Consensus, unanimous agreement, allows a dissenter to dictate the outcome and control the conversation
Apr 26, 2014

Leave A Legacy: What’s an ESOP?

Simply speaking, an ESOP is a qualified defined contribution retirement plan that invests in the stock of the sponsoring company.