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Keys to generational success

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "The key is ongoing planning of the farms. Communication ends up being number one on that list."


    -- Lynel Unrau, Newton, Kansas

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "Communication about ways I can ask questions of the older generation. But the older generation isn't always open. Start small and sooner than later."


    --Jim Schneider, Dallas, Texas

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "The key would be drive and passing that drive on to the next generation. The next generation has to have the same drive."


    --Joe Paulson, Genoa, Illinois

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "Communication, if anything. I know it can be lacking on our farm at times, but it's important for my dad and I to talk."


    --John Lawfer, Kent, Illinois

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "It's always communication in my mind. We have two daughters-in-law from the city and everyone needs to understand what happens on the farm to make it work."


    --Cliff Smith, Jefferson, Iowa

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm? 


    "A good plan -- have everything planned out so everyone is on the same page." 


    --Todd Barrick, right, with Dan Wedel, Fairmont, Minnesota

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm? 


    "You have to have a financially-viable business. The other challenge is getting all the family members to get along." 


    --Jim Sheaffer, Dixon, Illinois

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "Communication. We're going through a transition right now and being open and honest is very important." 


    --Lisa Adams, with husband, Larry, and daughter, Bailey, Plover, Wisconsin

  • What is the key to generational success on the farm?

    What is the key to generational success on the farm?


    "A profitable farm to start with, then good estate planning." 


    --Carol Denno, Halstead, Kansas

Attendees of the Generating Success conference in West Des Moines, Iowa, share their keys to generational success.

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