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Passing on the farm

DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

ABOUT THIS ISSUE Grain Farmers of Ontario staff members often hear from our farmer-members that succession planning is one of their most top-of-mind issues. Our 2018 farmer-member survey reiterated that, with many respondents indicating they [Read more]

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Finding fairness

PROVIDING FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY

MAKING FARM TRANSITION plans fair for everyone involved can be tough, but it is doable and can be rewarding, according to two experts in the field. “It’s no longer 1983 — today, founders live longer, [Read more]

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Handing over the reins

A SUCCESSION STORY: BRAD AND JOSH BOERSEN

FOR THE BOERSENS, creating a succession plan was part risk management and part career planning. Brad, 55, and his son Josh, 32, started succession talks three years ago when Josh wanted to take on more [Read more]

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Different visions

A SUCCESSION STORY: ANONYMOUS

Names have been changed to provide anonymity for the family. FOR ONE ONTARIO farm family, succession planning has been a struggle. They are no closer to completing the process than when they started more than [Read more]

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Working through stress and frustration

FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH

PSYCHOTHERAPIST DEBORAH VANBERKEL’S job would be much easier if farm succession was simply a legal matter. Her Napanee-based company, Cultivate Counselling Services, would have a minor role at best. But parent-to-child farm ownership transactions are [Read more]

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Setting business goals

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION

YOU JUST TOOK over the family farm and want to grow the business. That means you need a business plan. But what do you do? Where do you start? According to financial planning experts, the [Read more]

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Farm succession finances

PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT SECURITY

BALANCING THE FINANCIAL security of the senior partners in a farm transition while leaving the operating farm finances in a healthy situation can be challenging, but necessary. “The technical, or numbers side, of a farm [Read more]

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A dream opportunity

A SUCCESSION STORY: KELSEY BANKS

KELSEY BANKS KNEW she wanted to be a farmer. She grew up working on her maternal grandparents’ fruit and vegetable farm in eastern Ontario — picking asparagus and growing a love for pumpkins. But her [Read more]

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Field observations

Agronomy
November 29, 2019 Corn The calm before the storm this week allowed Ontario corn farmers a couple of open days to work away at corn harvest. Pulsating winds on Wednesday caused havoc to the remaining [Read more]

From the CEO’s desk

  • WITH AN AGING farm population, it isn’t surprising that so many farm families are having the same conversation at the supper table. At least — the ones who are willing to talk about it. I [Read more]

GrainTALK Update

  • GrainTALK for October 2019

    FROM THE CHAIR A Q&A with Grain Farmers of Ontario chair, Markus Haerle. Q. What should we as grain farmers expect from the upcoming election? A. It’s difficult to predict what the outcome will be. I [Read more]

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