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Brent Oswald of Cottonwood Holsteins

“My dad always said if his kids wanted to get the farm, he’d be the ‘ultimate partner’ helping with the transition,” Oswald says. He signaled his interest in the farming operation early and his father took note by giving him both responsibility and decision-making power very early on.

Dusty Zamecnick of EZ Grow Farms

Before going off to university, Zamecnick was fed the typical line many farm kids hear: The farm will be here for you. “But that’s a weird [concept] to think about because if you try something different and it doesn’t work out, then it’s: ‘I guess I’ll go back to the farm.’ I hate that [negative] connotation, because what [I’m] doing now, I can’t ever consider that a fall back.”

Don Sundgaard of Sundgaard Poultry Farm

A third generation poultry farmer, Sundgaard says when it comes to succession, be patient, encourage off-farm experiences and welcome both formal and informal discussions. “Give it some time, but ask questions and have the conversations.”

Simon Ellis of Ellis Seeds

What Ellis couldn’t have predicted 25 years ago was the level of commitment, communication and effort that would be required to help the family farm transition smoothly from his parents’ control to his own.
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