Generational Transition Program

Get Help with Your Ranch Transition Plan

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) wants to assist farm and ranch families with the often daunting task of transitioning their family farm or ranch. NGLC has hired an individual who will work directly with families interested in taking estate and transition planning steps.

Through grant funds, Bethany Johnston was recently hired as the NGLC Ranch Transition Task Manager.

For families interested in working with Johnston, she will offer complimentary and confidential assistance. The process begins with a face-to-face meeting with Johnston where she will utilize their input to help the family create a roadmap and identify available transition and estate planning resources. She emphasizes, “The family will be in charge of the process and the direction. They are in the driver’s seat.”

Once the family’s roadmap has been developed, Johnston, who is certified as a farm succession planner, will then check-in with the family regularly to ensure that they are proactively completing tasks for effective transition and estate planning. Johnston anticipates this process will include helping direct families to several services and resources that already exist, such as Nebraska Rural Response legal and financial clinics, counseling, and family mediation.

Farm and ranch families interested in transition planning are invited to contact Johnston at 308-348-2015 or

First Step: Gather Information

published: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Many farmers and ranchers do not have a will or a completed estate plan.  The incomplete nature of the legal documents is understandable, as estate and transition planning is “like eating an elephant.”

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

Ranchers Share Their Transition Story

published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    The Generational Transition workshop combined the knowledge of producers who understand the emotional, financial, and legal considerations of ranch transition, and the legal considerations from an experienced estate planning attorney.  The workshop was held on June 11th at the West Central Research and Extension Center hosted by the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) and Nebraska Extension.  A producer panel shared their personal experiences of transitioning, as well as an experienced attorney who shared legal tools to help with families transition to the next generation

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