Family Communications, Assessments & Goal Setting

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.

Farm Succession Risk Management Checklist

A helpful online checklist with instant assessment and feedback

Dr. Patricia Frishkoff, Oregon State University, 2005

Successful Farm Transfer Planning for Farmers Without an Identified Successor

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

Two Generation Farming — Step 3: Making it Work

All about developing good family relations, improving communications and resolving conflicts.

Don Hofstrand, Iowa State University Extension, 1998, 16 pages, Available online

Who Will Get Grandpa’s Farm: Communicating about Farm Transfer

An online presentation about farm-family retirement planning and farm transfer, with videos illustrating different options.

Sharon DeVaney, Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001

Goal Setting for Farm and Ranch Families

Article on the importance of goal setting for farm families.

Damona Doye, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University

Don Hofstrand and Robert Jolly, Iowa State University Extension, 2013

A SWOT analysis guides you to identify the positives and negatives inside your organization and outside of it.. Developing a full awareness of your situation can help with both strategic planning and decision-making.
Val Renault, The Community Tool Box, University of Kansas, 2013