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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Growing Trust When It's Time for the Next Generation to Farm

PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time. An expert on successful, and profitable, transitions is offering free workshops in Montana this week. Photo credit: Inspired Images/Pixabay
PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time. An expert on successful, and profitable, transitions is offering free workshops in Montana this week. Photo credit: Inspired Images/Pixabay
March 2, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. – When it's time to hand down the family farm or ranch to the next generation, it's not always a time of family harmony.

An expert on successful transitions is presenting free workshops in Montana this week to help smooth over the rough spots.

Andy Junkin says while most folks think the biggest hurdle would be about money, he points out that's only 10 percent of the issue. The biggest challenges are ideological.

"Often, emotionally, the father or mother, they feel that the son or daughter's new ideas are an attack of what they've always done in the past," he explains.

He recommends that transitions take place over a period of time that involves all family players, rather than just a day of handing over the keys.

Junkin has another recommendation to instill a spirit of cooperation.

"Everybody comes to the table once a month with new ideas as to how to improve the operation,” he says. “You get everybody brainstorming, or it's decided by the group 'that's not a good decision.' You're teaching wisdom."

The workshops are presented by the Montana Farmers Union. They are in Missoula on Tuesday, Bozeman on Wednesday and Havre on Thursday.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT