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Facing multi-generational farming challenges head on

Amanda Nolz

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Calving season is in full swing for many, and it’s a time for new beginnings. While baby calves represent another cycle in livestock production, most livestock producers don’t think about what will happen when the next cycle of family members takes over the ranch.

It’s happened time and time again – family farms fall apart because of poor estate planning, financial difficulties or family feuds. For others, incorporating the next generation into the family business seems to be a smooth transition. Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University (OSU), serves as a mediator for family farms in his business, Erven Human Resources Services, LLC, and he can pinpoint the problem areas that decide the fates of family-owned businesses.

Calving season is in full swing for many, and it’s a time for new beginnings. While baby calves represent another cycle in livestock production, most livestock producers don’t think about what will happen when the next cycle of family members takes over the ranch.

It’s happened time and time again – family farms fall apart because of poor estate planning, financial difficulties or family feuds. For others, incorporating the next generation into the family business seems to be a smooth transition. Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University (OSU), serves as a mediator for family farms in his business, Erven Human Resources Services, LLC, and he can pinpoint the problem areas that decide the fates of family-owned businesses.

Calving season is in full swing for many, and it’s a time for new beginnings. While baby calves represent another cycle in livestock production, most livestock producers don’t think about what will happen when the next cycle of family members takes over the ranch.

It’s happened time and time again – family farms fall apart because of poor estate planning, financial difficulties or family feuds. For others, incorporating the next generation into the family business seems to be a smooth transition. Dr. Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University (OSU), serves as a mediator for family farms in his business, Erven Human Resources Services, LLC, and he can pinpoint the problem areas that decide the fates of family-owned businesses.