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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

Farm Succession 1-2-3

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Richard Cressman

In the past 15 years the term Farm Succession has been tossed around in many farm circles. Government programs have been spawned to address this topic. Consultants have written articles and held seminars on the topic. Farm families have been confused and many have tried to ignore the topic of transition. Some farm families have …READ MORE

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Dad won’t let go

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by Richard Cressman

My question for Richard I have been working with my parents full time for 12 years. I have been married for three years and my wife works off the farm full-time. The farm business is financially successful and we have gone through a significant expansion in the past three years. Over the past five to …READ MORE

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Mother-in-law talks behind my back

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 by Richard Cressman

My question for Richard My husband and I started to farm with his parents seven years ago when we first got married. We are in the process of working through the final details of buying their share of the business. There has been a considerable amount of strain between my mother-in-law. I get along great …READ MORE

I don’t work hard enough in their opinion

Posted on: February 1st, 2012 by Richard Cressman

My question for Richard My husband and I have been married for two years. He farms with his father and his brother who got married a year after we did. My sister-in-law comes from a farm background and loves farming. She could be in the barn or in the tractors all day long if given …READ MORE

Unhappily retired 83 year old farmer

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by Richard Cressman

I was talking to a friend of mine who is getting ready to retire from farming. He is 60 years old. His 83 year old father-in-law was also involved in our conversation. This gentleman had farmed all of his life and now at the age of 83 he said that it is extremely difficult to …READ MORE

When to split the business?

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by Richard Cressman

My question for Richard My brother and I are in our late 40s and have been farming together in a partnership for 23 years. We get along great and have created a fairly large business throughout these years. Each of us has two sons who are starting to get involved in the business. We have …READ MORE

Lack of Respect for Father

Posted on: June 19th, 2011 by Richard Cressman

My question for Richard My brother and I want to take over the farm from our father. We cash crop about 900 acres and also milk 110 cows. I get along well with my brother. He is three years older than I am. I get along reasonably well with my father. The issue is, my …READ MORE