Across the Editor's Desk: Deciding is not doing!
The quote above from farmer and professional speaker Jolene Brown was one of the final nuggets of wisdom shared with farm families attending the two-day Generating Success conference in West Des Moines last month. Brown's words followed near the end of a wrap-up session she led in which attendees shared a “keeper.” A keeper is something attendees say they will do differently or implement because they attended the conference.
Many of the keepers had to do with specific ideas, such as preparing a buy-sell agreement or conducting regular performance evaluations for everyone in the family business – managers and employees alike. The most-mentioned keeper, however, centered around increasing the amount and quality of communication with other family members. Knowing what a challenge that can be – even for families who love each other and work well together – I'll be cheering for the application to match the intent!
Generating Success was a conference presented by Successful Farming magazine about making your family farming operation stronger as a business now so that it can generate even more success for you and your family's future generations. The conference was sponsored by Stine Seed Company and supported by Sukup Manufacturing and Farm Credit Services. Read a major feature on the highlights of the conference in the November issue.
Something old, something new
Those of you who are among the rapidly growing list of readers of Ageless Iron Almanac will find your current edition after page 56 in this issue. Your next installment (shown left), which mails in late September, will arrive in your mailbox as its own publication.
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