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Message to Farm Families: Communicate

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 28, 2009) — Communication is the key to intergenerational farm family success, University of Nebraska professor Ron Hanson emphasized as he addressed attendees of the Cattlemen’s College session Wednesday, Jan. 28. Hanson has worked with farm families in Nebraska on the subject of ranch estate planning and transfer for more than 30 years.

Hanson shared that when multiple generations of a family are working together in business, there are typically different views about decision-making, setting goals and priorities, financial priorities and even time off for vacations. All of these differences — if not addressed by communicating — can lead to family conflicts.
Hanson gave the following list of common mistakes to avoid because they contribute to “family failures:”

Hanson concluded saying that a strong family relationship is fostered by spending time together as a family to build that bond of being a team. “Strong families have a sense of commitment to each other and are proud of what they’ve accomplished,” he said.

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