Farm family businesses are not immune to troublesome family dynamics as they make decisions around production, management, and marketing issues. A project funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency in Kansas has pulled together an interdisciplinary team to holistically address farm family business challenges in both conventional and specialty operations. Farmer-to-farmer mentoring, farm family individualized coaching sessions, farm family and agricultural advisor training, and a Web presence are the project delivery options. The project team shares the lessons they have learned after 4 years of program implementation.
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Olsen, C. S., Jones, R., Jost, J., & Griffin, C. L. (2009). Integrating Economics, Management, and Human Relationship Issues into Training for Successful Farm Family Businesses. The Journal of Extension, 47(5), Article 15. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss5/15