Get Farm Transition Unstuck
Farmers hate to be stuck yet they procrastinate and avoid conflict. Are you facing barriers to passing your farm on to the next generation?
This course has 6 video modules with tools and resources to help you talk to your spouse, family, and successors. You’ll glean powerful skills to have profitable conversations running family business meetings.
Here’s a content rich 6 module course to help identify the barriers holding back your farm transition. It will help you navigate the emotional factors affecting planning. The course creators are Elaine Froese, Canada’s Farm Whisperer, and Dr. Megan McKenzie, PHD in conflict resolution.
We will help you have increased harmony and certainty while decreasing worry and conflict. The modules address:
- 10 barriers to getting unstuck
- Help you get ready for courageous conversations
- Teach you how to execute family meetings
- Decrease the cost of intrapersonal conflict
Each module has a video, helpful checklists and worksheets. You’ll be more prepared to have productive meetings with your advisors after finishing this online course. Farm families have found it very powerful to watch it as a group and then discuss the outcomes.
Welcome to Get Farm Family Unstuck
Five Barriers to Getting Unstuck
Five More Barriers to Getting Unstuck
Getting Ready for Courageous Conversations
Executing the Meeting
Help to Get ‘Er Done!
Imagine how good it will feel when your accountant, lawyer, or financial planner asks you “What do you really want for your family and your farm?” and you will know the answer. That readiness and knowledge will save you time and money when you use your professional advisors’ input wisely.
Some provinces may help you with funding. Farmers need to apply for funding and we cannot guarantee you meet the criteria and assume no responsibility.
The investment for this course, with a year of access is just a little more than ONE BAG of seed canola… $887.
About the course creators
Elaine Froese is a lifelong farmer. Every day, she uses her background in conflict resolution and communication to help fellow growers and ranchers face make-or-break issues head on — so they can focus on the business of farming.
Starting with 4-H presentations in Manitoba at age nine and moving on to audiences today in Mexico, Australia, and beyond, Elaine has always understood that communication is the key to building trust and understanding, especially when your family members are your business partners.
Elaine has seen it all, heard it all, and survived it all — from buying the in-laws’ farm, the isolation of farm life, a sudden illness or death in the family, and every crisis you can imagine. She has given families, worldwide, the practical tools they need to save their marriages, create opportunities for their children, build the farm legacy, and gain some much-needed peace of mind.
More than 1000 families have received Elaine’s personal coaching advice, along with thousands more who have attended her keynote presentations on emotionally complicated topics — and walked away with life-changing results.
Dr. Megan McKenzie
Dr. Megan McKenzie is a well-trained conflict analyst, facilitator, and solution-finder. She brings insight gained from years of transforming diverse conflicts into opportunities for new beginnings. As an educator, she provides engaging and informative learning opportunities.
Megan has worked and volunteered in the areas of conflict resolution, democracy-building, and reconciliation on five continents over the past 15 years. She served as an election observer in DR Congo in 2006. She has provided international accompaniment to community and human right workers in the Middle East and Colombia and worked at a reconciliation centre in Ireland. She has volunteered at a multicultural peace camp for inner-city youth in Winnipeg. She has also provided leadership for local social service organizations.
In 2014, Megan returned to her farm roots and released a book, with Farm Consultant Elaine Froese, entitled Farming’s In-law Factor: How to have more harmony and less conflict on family farms.
This online course is for inner generational farm families who have a passion to farm and people willing to do the work of transition. It’s for families who are stuck or feel frustrated and not sure how to proceed with their plan.
You’ll find concrete tools and worksheets, critical checklists, insightful stories, and effective resources and tips to create an action plan for having courageous conversations about transitioning your farm.
One participant shared that “this course is worth its weight in gold because I realized how much conflict was costing me money.”
By the end of this course, you’ll know whether your dream of continuing the farm is possible and have ground truth about your family farm instead of assumptions and guesses.
Let’s get ‘er done! You can do this!
It is time to find harmony through understanding.
Online Course Testimonial
“As my husband and I eagerly started the course we were optimistic and excited to be taking this next step in our Farm Transition. We were starting to question ourselves and whether or not we were just being selfish and greedy, and if this Farm Transition was still an option for us. We barely got through the first Module and were already having such a huge relief. As we moved through the modules there were so many times that we just sat back with our hands in the air and thought YES. My husband and I would smile with relief because all of the concerns that we have been struggling with were relevant and came up in the modules. We really enjoyed the course and are excited to move on to the next stages to find our farm resolution.”
Shannon Gilchrist, “Get Farm Transition Unstuck” online course participant
To find out if you are eligible for funding through the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers, click the link for more information and find your area.
Farmers need to apply for any funding and we cannot guarantee that you will meet the criteria and assume no responsibility.
How to Get Your Parents to Talk about Farm Transition
60+ mins • $69.95 US
After participating in this extremely popular Virtual Kitchen Table (VKT), participants will be able to:
- Understand why farm dads are “shutting down” when they are asked to be open about their plans and desires, and how you can get them to share more openly, more often
- Learn why farm moms are essential to starting the conversation about farm transition and how to engage them without making them feel like a mediator
- Learn how valuable the Undiscussabulls™ are to create solutions and timelines for agreements that include, income streams, housing, fairness to non-farm heirs
- Understand why culture beats strategy on the farm – every time!
- Learn how to respectfully vocalize your needs and be clear about your intentions to have courageous conversations with farm parents.
- Create meaningful ways to have family meetings where all voices are heard and respected. Imagine that!
Like many VKT participants, Elaine Froese is a farm partner. She is also a coach and advisor to thousands of farm families through her speaking, complemented by five books as a published author. Elaine is on her third succession plan. Most of all, she is real, practical, and a direct communicator. Her promise to you is a roadmap and toolbox to kickstart succession conversations, so you will have more transparency with your transition talks.
How to deal with Entitled Siblings
60+ mins • $69.95 US
After participating in “Dealing with Entitled Siblings”, you will be empowered to begin the courageous conversation with entitled siblings in the following ways:
- Create mindset shifts that level the farm field, helping everyone to be successful and contribute
- Learn how to respectfully, yet assertively, attack the issue and not the people (siblings)
- Destroy harmful and hurtful assumptions, and develop a path forward to create more trust, empathy, and understanding
- Develop a buyout business plan that works
- Re-write money scripts, shifting unsupported entitlement to a willingness to negotiate
- And so much more!