Articles on Families Working Together
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19 Things to do if You want to take over the Farm

Posted on: September 23rd, 2017 by Richard Cressman

 (Taken from a presentation to a group of Junior Farmers.)   Learn to love the numbers. Managing a business requires an absolute thorough understanding of all income and expenses. Make certain your children get to spend time with your parents.  Never withhold the grandchildren from spending time with their grandparents if you are having disagreements with your parents. …READ MORE

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The Daughter-in-Law on the Farm

Posted on: March 18th, 2016 by Richard Cressman

Becoming a daughter-in-law for most women means their lives will change – new husband, new home, in-laws, and possibly a partial new identity through a change of surname. The stories of the late Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson (daughter-in-laws in the royal family) highlight the difficulty some women experience as they try to fit into …READ MORE

Bringing the Next Generation into Farming

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by Richard Cressman

Getting the next generation started into the business of farming is a monumental challenge facing many rural families. The rapid rising of land prices, equipment, and facilities over the last 30 years has created new barriers for those wanting to enter farming. Almost every agricultural sector today is facing the grim fact that if current …READ MORE

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Family Communication

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by Richard Cressman

Gone are the days when a farmer can work in isolation. Smartphones, text messages, e-mail, put many farmers in positions where they are required to communicate regularly with people all day long. Using technology to communicate with business colleagues is simple and easy compared to maintaining an effective communication dialogue with family – the people …READ MORE

A Father-Son debate: 28% N or Dry Urea on their Corn Crop

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Richard Cressman

  The corn had been planted for about three weeks and was nicely out of the ground.  The farmer I was talking to is approximately 32 years of age and he and his wife have been in the transition process with his parents of assuming the ownership and management of the farm.  (I will call …READ MORE

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What a Two-Year-Old taught me about Parenting

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Richard Cressman

My wife and I had just helped celebrate our granddaughter’s first birthday.  One year earlier we had received a phone call at 1 a.m. in the morning from our youngest daughter informing us that she had just given birth to a baby girl – our first grandchild.  Seven hours later, I was sitting in a …READ MORE

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Farm Succession Thoughts to Consider

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Richard Cressman

Farm succession can be defined as the “passing of ownership and management from one generation to the next”. In the past this process may have been called, “passing on the farm, or dad is finally letting go or the son is taking over.” Family members can and do react in a variety of different ways …READ MORE

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The Parallel Tracks of Farm Succession

Posted on: November 27th, 2012 by Richard Cressman

Starting to build a Farm Succession plan can be an overwhelming topic at first. If the process is broken down into two components or parallel tracks it can be easier to get a grasp of what needs to be done. Track #1 is the operational side of the business (managing the business and ensuring the …READ MORE