Completed Project Report


Growing Family Communication Skills and Succession Technical Success

  • Award Amount: $34,199
  • Regional Center: Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Darlene Livingston
  • Email: c-daliving@pa.gov
  • Organization: Pennsylvania Farm Link, Inc.

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Project Overview

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.

Number of Participants: 85

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