Generational Transition Program


Family-First Business or Business-First Family, Which are You?

published: Monday, August 12, 2019

Jolene Brown, family business consultant, says there are two kinds of family farms.  The family-first business and the business-first family.  Below is a summary of Brown’s articles on the two types.

Family-First Business: Bases decisions on emotions or what family members want to.  Majority of the times, these decisions leads to problems, first within the family, then in the business.

Business-First Family: Decisions are grounded upon a mutual mission, written goals, legal documents, and quality communication.  Family is honored and the business has the family’s best interest at heart.

“Remember when we put the business first because we care about the family.  If we do the business well, we are more productive and more profitable and everyone more happy,” states Brown.


Nebraska Rural Response Hotline

published: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Farmers and Ranchers: Locations for August's free legal and financial clinics are here!  The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an Ag Law Attorney and an Ag Financial counselor.

These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.  The attorney and financial advisor specialize in legal and financial issues related to farming and ranching, including financial and business planning, transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, debt structure and cash flow, agricultural disaster programs, and other relevant matters.  To sign up for a clinic or for more information, call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

New Location for Generational Transition Workshop (and Grazing Conference) in Kearney!

Tuesday, August 13 from 6 to 9 pm (Generational Transition Workshop)

published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

As a result of the recent flooding in Kearney, the location of the Nebraska Grazing Conference and the NGLC Generational Transition Workshop has moved to the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

The NGLC Generational Transition Workshop will be held Tuesday evening, August 13th, from 6-9 pm CT during the Nebraska Grazing Conference.  The workshop will be held at the Extension Office (1400 E. 34th Street, Kearney, NE), just across from the Exhibition Building where the Grazing Conference will be held. 

The workshop will include a producer panel and experienced estate and transition attorney, Pamela Olsen.

Practice the “Young Shuffle”

published: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Progression, not to be confused with perfection, is simply defined as “moving forward or onward,” or better yet, “happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.”

And I wondered, “How many of us stop (or never start) working on ranch transition because the plan lacks perfection?”

When I think of ranch transition, I prefer the definition of progression, where planning and transition is developed gradually in stages.  Step by step.  Broken down into manageable bits and pieces.

I think of the “Young Shuffle.”

Cliff Young, a retired potato farmer, unexpectedly won the 1983 Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon at age 61. 

What Does Your Ranch Look Like in 40 Years?

published: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

     My great-great grandparents homesteaded on the tall-grass prairie.  The story goes the grass was so tall, they had to sit in the wagon to see where they were going.  Granted, my ancestors were little, short Europeans, but I often wonder what they saw from that wagon perch, and what visions played in their minds. 

     Could they imagine 250 bushel corn growing in the black earth harvested by machinery bigger than their first home?  What did they see from the wooden seat of the jolting wagon?  Did they see their great-grandson farming the same soil a hundred year later?

    Now I ask you this- Does your estate plan align with your future ranch dream?

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