I suspect there are more people who’d elect for a non-necessary root canal than would like to strike up a conversation with dad about when he’ll finally hand over the reins to the farm. And that’s too bad, really, because the sooner the conversations about long-term farm business planning begin, the better chance there is of not only successfully continuing the farm, but also keeping family relationships intact.
If you’re looking at ways to start that conversation, Elaine Froese, farm family coach, wants to help. She’ll be speaking at the upcoming Agricultural Excellence Conference, hosted by Farm Management Canada, at Winnipeg, Man., November 19 to 21, 2014, and she wants farmers and farm families to come prepared for her session.
Froese understands that most people don’t want to air their grievances in public, so she’s encouraging attendees to head to her website — www.ElaineFroese.com — to get in touch with her and send her their succession planning questions prior to the conference. What attendees will find, she says, is that, while each farm and farm family is unique, many of the struggles and hurdles they’re dealing with are exactly what other farm families are going through. Doing a bit of homework ahead of the conference will ensure farmers get the most from her session, she says.
All that and more is in the interview below.
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