Senior Partners - 4
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:36 AM CST

YANKTON, S.D. (DTN) -- Farmers can spend years attending estate planning seminars and reading magazine articles about succession planning. Then decisions often devolve into all talk and no action.

What frustrated Nate Franzen, president of the agri-business division at First Dakota National Bank in Yankton, S.D., is that so few farmers moved to the implementation stage. His bank's agriculture advisory board suggested farmers needed a service to help them walk through each step of the process. They started a program in May.

"My dad and I talked about it for years," said Steve Eichacker, a Salem, S.D., farmer who is ...

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