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As farmers retire, soaring land values prompt rethink of succession planning

An aging population and increasing farmland values are the perfect breeding grounds for consolidation, changing the landscape of farming for the next generation of owners.

The importance of good communication

What worked a generation ago doesn’t cut it nowadays, according to Richard Cressman, a communication coach based in Ontario. Economics and technology advancements have shifted the options available, but good communication remains required for a good succession plan.

Viewing succession as a process

If not now, when? There’s never going to be a great time to start succession planning but the sooner the wheels start turning, the better. In this Q&A, Darrell Wade, founder of Farm Life Financial Planning group, explains a good succession plan requires lots of different pieces put in place over time to ensure the business survives for generations to come.
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Young Farmers

Tips for young farmers navigating succession

“Agriculture is risky enough for young people. Give them certainty.” One of the toughest challenges for young farmers is the uncertainty around what the plan is for the family farm and how they fit into that plan. Succession planning brings certainty, so here are some tips for navigating it. » Read more...
Five Points

Five misconceptions about succession planning

  1. “One day, it’ll all be yours” – it’s a waiting game.
  2. It means the end of farming for the current generation.
  3. Equal is fair.
  4. All you need is your lawyer or accountant – it’s just about tax savings.
  5. It’s too early to start planning now.
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