Family Farming Is Special, But Not That Special (August 2007)
This article describes the common goal of family farmers to pass on the farm to their children. Though laudable, this goal can backfire and cause unhappiness if the economics or family circumstances interfere. Also there is a discussion about allowing children to choose their own path in life and holding the option of farming open versus creating the expectation that the family heritage is more important than the child's own goals.
Tough Questions About Family Farming (May 2007)
This article contains tough questions for each family member prior to making a decision about intergenerational or multifamily farming.
A City-Raised Woman Discovers The Farm (February 2005)
The article describes the challenges a city-raised woman will have as she adjusts to the farm, the farming lifestyle, in-laws, and the rural community.
Communications Can Turn Around Farm Relationships (May 2003)
This article describes a common dilemma in rural family businesses. A strong, powerful father is in charge while his patient son accepts verbal abuse and other forms of disrespect while waiting to take over the business. The son's wife can't tolerate her husband's growth being stymied and agitates for change. Finally in desperation, she threatens to leave. This article contains advice on what can be done in situations like this to preserve the marriage and perhaps create change in the dynamics of the father/son relationship.
How To Grow A Legacy Of Family Farming (June 2011)
This article takes two hypothetical families and traces their ability to pass on land to the next generation and the management practices necessary to to have farming and ranching heirs.