Future Needs of the Farm Drive Transition Plan

by Heather Lauf April 16, 2014

jLadman64Fast forward to your farming operation in the future - think 10 or 20 years from now. What does the operation look like? Who is involved? And what are they doing?

Figuring out what your farm will need in the future is the first step to make plans for how to get there - and how the next generation will be involved. Jason Ladman, Director with Water Street Solutions, talks about what that could look like. He talks here with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN.   Future Needs of the Farm Drive Transition Plan Ladman AUDIO

Is the Next Generation Ready to Run the Farm?

by Heather Lauf April 15, 2014

Farm Futures logoThe financial decisions in ag are getting bigger and bigger - but is the next generation on your farm taking opportunities to start working on these decision-making skills now? How can the next generation get involved in learning and practicing farm management skills?

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, writes about how farm families can start getting the next generation ready to run the farm. Read his blog post.

Figure Out the Next Generation's 'Fit' on the Farm

by Heather Lauf April 9, 2014

bMetzger64It's a very exciting time when a family member is coming back to work on the farm. They can bring a fresh perspective and energy. But it can also be a confusing time for both the new employee and for everyone else on the farm unless roles and expectations are clarified.

In this interview, Ben Metzger, Director of Legacy Planning, talks about how families can help make sure that new family member employees have the best transition into the operation. He talks here with Dewey Nelson of KRVN.  Figure Out the Next Generation's 'Fit' on the Farm Metzger AUDIO

The 'Business-First' Farm Family

by Heather Lauf April 1, 2014

bMetzger64There are a lot of good things about working with your family members, but there can also be a lot of unnecessary risk involved if you fail to run the farm as a business. Families that choose to put 'business first' honor the family members while running the operation in a businesslike way. Director Ben Metzger talks here with Dewey Nelson of KRVN about what these families are doing very well.  The Business-First Farm Family Metzger AUDIO

Build Farm Transition Plan for Future Needs

by Heather Lauf March 31, 2014

Farm Futures logoHow does the future of your farm match up with the hopes and interests of the next generation? What do you need to know now so you can plan for the best farm transition possible?

In his weekly Finance First post, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, writes about how the farm's future can be greatly affected by what it will need for the next generation's success. Read his blog post.

Farm's Future Depends on Next Generation's 'Fit'

by Heather Lauf March 24, 2014

Farm Futures logoIt's an exciting time when a family member is coming back to work on the farm. It's also a good time to get clear about expectations and to help the new family member employee understand what his or her role will be on the farm.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about how the match between what the family member brings to the farm - and what the farm needs. Read his blog post.

Short and Long-Term Farm Plans Work Together

by Heather Lauf March 13, 2014

bMetzger64Your financial plans for your farm - both short and long-term - and your legacy plan (the ultimate long-range plan) work best when they're working in tandem. Financial insights about your operation help you make the best plans for the future of your farm and the next generation's involvement in the operation, says Ben Metzger, Director at Water Street Solutions. He talks with Dewey Nelson of KRVN about that.  Short and Long-Term Farm Plans Work Together Metzger AUDIO

Are You a 'Business-First' Farm Family?

by Heather Lauf March 11, 2014

Farm Futures logoWhat's a 'business-first' farm family? What do they do well, that makes them successful - both in their business and as a family? Jolene Brown is a family business expert and speaker who helped participants at our Ag Edge farm business seminars this winter answer those questions for their own family farm businesses.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO, writes about the practices of the successful 'business-first' farm family. Read his blog post.

The Best Time to Do Legacy Planning

by Heather Lauf March 4, 2014

bMetzger64Is there a 'best time', an ideal moment to work on a legacy plan? There's usually so much to do on the farm that the answer may seem to be "not now"! Most of us feel that a legacy plan for the farm is important, but typically it isn't an urgent to-do. Ben Metzger, Director with Water Street Solutions, answers this question with Dewey Nelson of KRVN.  The Best Time to Do Legacy Planning Metzger AUDIO

Your Farm's Financial Health Affects Your Legacy

by Heather Lauf February 19, 2014

Farm Futures logoShort term and long term plans for the farm work together, says President and CEO of Water Street Solutions Darren Frye in his Finance First column on FarmFutures.com this week. Find out how the financial health of your farm affects your farm's long-term legacy. Read his blog post.

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