A 2012 NASS report showed 32,950 farm owners over age 55 control over
half the 7,704,444 acres of farmland in Pennsylvania. Family communication and
succession planning ensures the land stays in agriculture.
The project focused on growing communication skills including
identifying communication and conflict management styles, as well as
personalities. 64 participants reported they learned to use the tools when
working with others on the farm. Next steps in succession planning were taken
by 51 farmers as a result of Growing Family Communication Skills and
Succession Technical Success.
Facilitators led 76 farm members in farm unit discussions
identifying at least one challenge and potential solution for their farm.
Farmers gained confidence when solutions were identified.
Other targeted topics included legal updates, meeting the goals
and needs of both generations. Beginning farmers who successfully
purchased and/or leased a farm from non-family members also shared their experiences
with farm owners seeking someone for their farm.