Land as Your Legacy Program

On the evening of Feb. 7, the Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland County Farm Bureaus, in collaboration with Anna Hall Stroud from Paul Hall & Associates, hosted the Land As Your Legacy program. Tailored exclusively for Farm Bureau members, this event aimed to impart essential insights into transition planning for farmers, recognizing the importance of strategic foresight in preserving agricultural legacies.

At the core of the Land As Your Legacy program is the emphasis on collaborative efforts with financial, legal, and tax professionals. This collaborative approach is designed to draft personalized transition plans for farms, ensuring the seamless transfer of both business and familial responsibilities. What sets this program apart is its commitment to providing these essential services at no cost.

Anna Hall Stroud provided crucial insights into the Land As Your Legacy program,  emphasizing the structured approach of transition planning, outlining key steps including setting objectives and goals, data and fact gathering, analysis, exploring options and solutions, implementation, and periodic reviews.

Anna Hall Stroud

“Fair is not equal, equal is not fair,” she said, underscoring the complexity of fairness in transition planning, as well as the importance of teamwork. Common mistakes, such as neglecting the planning process, lack of communication, and failure to address lease agreements or buy/sell relationships, were also shared during the presentation. 

Drawing from her own challenges and successes in navigating the complexities of a recent business transition, Anna passionately underscored the significance of proactive planning in safeguarding both the financial viability and sentimental value of a family farm or business. Her candid approach made the information more relatable and resonated with those in attendance. Her journey over the past year has equipped her with a keen understanding of the emotional and logistical hurdles that farmers may encounter during the transition process. It is our hope attendees walked away motivated to proactively engage in planning for the future of their farm.

With 40 Farm Bureau members in attendance, the event’s success reflects the profound interest within the farming community. The need for such programs becomes even more apparent when considering USDA statistics, revealing over 2 million family farms across the US, with an average farmer age of 57.5 years old. Alarmingly, only one-third of these family farms have a transition plan in place, highlighting the urgency for initiatives like Land As Your Legacy to ensure the sustainability of agricultural legacies for generations to come.


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