Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Mar 3, 2015 01:55 PM CST

Succession planning is fraught with opportunities for family conflict – between siblings, between parents and their adult children, between those on the farm and their relatives living elsewhere.

I recently asked Lance Woodbury, DTN's family business columnist and a trained mediator , about some methods to “bring down the shout” between family members.

Woodbury: Marcia, there are a few techniques that help prevent conflict in the family business. Of course, open communication and listening skills often get mentioned, but I want to offer a few others for readers to consider:

1. Discuss expectations of one another. Due to the long-term relationships and informal ...

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