Online Course

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.

Checklist

Resources

Tools

Worksheets

Module 1

Welcome to Get Farm Family Unstuck

Module 2

Five Barriers to Getting Unstuck

Module 3

Five More Barriers to Getting Unstuck

Module 4

Getting Ready for Courageous Conversations

Module 5

Executing the Meeting

Module 6

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

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.

Apply For Funding Here

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!

Fixing Your Time Stress Mess

60 minutes

Workaholics will discover helpful strategies for managing their time stress. Gain understanding for the tensions of your age and stage on the farm. Learn why some problems are not solvable, but just need to be managed as polarities. Self-renewing people are joyful and productive producers.

$15

Rave reviews

“A joy to work with, heard loud and clear. When the farmers laughed or asked a great question, I knew they were listening and really wanted to learn from her. Her tips were easy to understand. It was just about understanding that conflict happens, and to have the confidence in yourself to ask for what you want. In the glowing review from farmers after her presentation, I knew they had heard that loud and clear.”
Maddy Berner, Event Planner & Communications Coordinator, National Milk Producers Federation National Milk Producers Federation
“I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your virtual kitchen table chat with Arlan Academy. My wife and I signed up as it was exceptionally relevant to our current journey with potentially transitioning to her parents’ farm. The session was able to cover so many aspects of these crucial conversations and hearing you speak to both sides of the conversation was eye opening for my own perspective on this topic. It seemed to be very well attended and sounded like there were many other people who would echo my thoughts and feelings on it.”
N. Oakley, Farmer, Ontario
“Elaine helped me allocate $1 Million of assets the night I listened to her. Elaine’s presentation brings value to the use of my services in my office.”
Don Forbes, Forbes Wealth Management
“I recently joined in and listened to your Healthy Farmer Agriwebinar for FMC. I truly enjoyed hearing your perspective and even went and grabbed my Mom, away from her work, to come and listen in on some of your main points as well! One area that really stood out for me, both personally with our own succession plans and with our clients, was your discussion involving "Instant Influence" and how ready are you to change? I loved this concept!”
Annessa Good, FCC Transition Specialist, Alberta
“Elaine Froese truly is the Farm Whisperer. With her big heart and stern resolve, she guides families through uncharted waters and helps them arrive safely at their desired destination. She has been there, done that, and has helped hundreds of families come out on the other side. With your family and your farm legacy on the line, you owe it to yourself to start this conversation. You do not need to do it alone. Let Elaine Froese guide you through. Your legacy is being written day by day. How will you be remembered?”
Tracy Brunet, Host of The Impact Farming Show & CEO of Farm Marketer
“You speak like you’ve been sitting at our kitchen table! You know our family issues well. I am feeling more comfortable understanding what we now need to do. Elaine Froese is real.”
Audience Member,
“I attended the meeting you spoke at in Stratford Ontario recently. We held an emergency family/farm meeting today because of issues that I had enough of. We used a 'talking stick' like you recommended and wrote a chart of rules. The rest of the family thought the idea that we needed a meeting was worth rolling their eyes over, until we got started. The younger ones were quick to clue in that they now have an opportunity to be bluntly honest. The older ones took a bit longer to believe they could truly say what they think. In the end, the meeting needed two sessions because there was so much to talk about… and so many things people didn't realize were a big deal to the others. Your lessons and encouragement have given us the tools we need to get to a better place in our relationships and our business. Truly thankful.”
Kim Martin, Dairy Farmer, Ontario
“Helped me develop my framework to start having constructive and meaningful conversations around the farm.”
Tennille Wakefield, Farm Partner
“Some great lessons, Elaine! You continue to do some remarkable and potentially life-changing work.”
James Mitchell, Principal, Conversations Consulting
“Our family had a good farm meeting yesterday afternoon. Your Fairness video was a great topic of discussion. One of the action items after the meeting was to have my two non-farming siblings watch the video before the next big meeting they are involved with on the farm. It will be a great conversation starter as we catch them up on our current plan. As they are younger, we also hope it will help them to ask new questions that may not have been on their mind.”
G.G., Farm Family Legacy Coach, Alberta
“Elaine gives me excellent tools that help me work with my clients!”
Laurianne Osmack, Financial Planner / Partner, Doell Osmak Wealth Management
“She has a sense of “knowing” quickly what is happening in the family dynamic. Her messages to her audiences drive home what needs to be done next to solve the complex issues of farm transition and conflict resolution.”
Audience Member,
“Eye-opening. Excited to open the door of communication with my spouse and farm family.”
Ashley Hoppe, Farm Partner
“The Strong Farms, Strong Families session gave farm families an opportunity to meet face to face with Elaine Froese... hear her own story, experiences and skill set. From this information packed session and related materials, families could identify areas of success in their journey and other places they need assistance. The greatest take away was that participants could see that Elaine Froese is someone they can trust with the things that they hold most precious.... their family and their farm.”
Nancy Atkinson, Nobleford Ag Society, Alberta
“Elaine’s real-life scenarios help her audiences know they are not alone, knowing there are creative solutions to help them get the life on the farm they have always wanted.”
Audience Member,
“A long time female client who had refined the art of procrastination was so moved by the end of your presentation that she accepted your permission to “drop the bananas.” She contacted me soon after for an appointment to do some planning which included the selling of the family “Century Farm.” A very, very emotional decision on her part that was not likely to have occurred without your presentation.”
Don Forbes, Forbes Wealthy Management
“I just have to say… that your work is amazing and I have never forgotten your teachings from our session in Williams Lake at TRU. It is super important work. I know so many people going through the trauma of succession. I hate to use that word, but I was an “out-law” and know it can get terrible. I continue to forward your emails on to others. Keep doing what you do! You are amazing. You kind of walk into the fire regularly… and with a smile. Proud to have met you.”
Megan, BC Rancher
“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 modulus 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
“My hubby farms with 2 brothers and parents, and it’s become a really toxic place. No communication, no respect, etc. Twelve months ago, my husband’s brothers told him they don’t want to work with him anymore and offered him a pay out. His parents did nothing to stop it! He had no choice but to leave. Three months later, we moved off the farm and into town. He has been offered heaps of jobs and is now truck driving and carting hay and grain. We have tried communicating with his parents about what happened but they are not interested. So basically my hubby has lost his family. Very sad but we as husband and wife are overall in a good place and moving on to create our own life. Please continue on with all your wonderful work in helping families on the farm. I continue to tell any farmers I know about you, that they must ‘google’ you, and read your books.”
Donna, Farmer, Australia

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