Discussing the farm’s future with your family is an essential part of the transfer process. This involves expressing personal and family goals, understanding differences, and finding ways to deal with conflict. Effective communication may require an outside facilitator. The resources in this section focus on goal setting and on strategies for maintaining open lines of communication.
A helpful online checklist with instant assessment and feedback
Dr. Patricia Frishkoff, Oregon State University, 2005
Consideration of your values and goals, and ways to find and develop a working relationship with a farm successor.
Kathy Ruhf and Jon Jaffe, Land For Good, 2012, 25 pages, Available online
All about developing good family relations, improving communications and resolving conflicts.
Don Hofstrand, Iowa State University Extension, 1998, 16 pages, Available online
An online presentation about farm-family retirement planning and farm transfer, with videos illustrating different options.
Sharon DeVaney, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001
Article on the importance of goal setting for farm families.
Damona Doye, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University