As the largest group of natural resource managers on the planet, farmers are at the interface of the changing relationship between humans and the environment. Typically organised around what might be considered the most basic of social units, for generations the family farm has survived wide-ranging exogenous challenges, frequently preserving the line of succession to the next of kin. Now as we face major questions about how we use land and the impact of our land use on the global environment, farming once again faces a challenging and uncertain future. This book draws on the experiences of farmers in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Japan and the EU to examine the special features of family farms and, in particular, the tradition of succession which has enabled them to continue to have such a strong presence in the world today.
Contents: Forewords; Preface; Succession and retirement in family farm businesses, Matt Lobley and John R. Baker; Australian farmers' attitudes toward succession and inheritance, Elaine Barclay, Ian Reeve and Roslyn Foskey; New patterns of succession in the Australian wool industry, Roger Wilkinson; Intergenerational farm business succession in Japan, Tomohiro Uchiyama and Ian Whitehead; Farm succession in Switzerland: from generation to generation, Ruth Rossier; 'Keeping the name on the land': patrilineal succession in Northern Irish family farming, Linda Price and Rachel Conn; Non-successional entry into UK farming: an examination of two government-supported schemes, Brian Ilbery, Julie Ingram, James Kirwan, Damian Maye and Nick Prince; So what?, John R. Baker; Facilitating succession and retirement in US agriculture: the case of Nebraska, Dave Goeller; Retired Farmer - an elusive concept, Joy Kirkpatrick; Business continuance and succession planning: a New Zealand perspective, Mandi McLeod; Succession planning in family businesses: consulting and academic perspectives, Peter C. Leach; From generation to generation: drawing the threads together, Ian Whitehead, Matt Lobley and John R. Baker; Index.
About the Editor: Matt Lobley is Assistant Director at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, UK, John Baker, Iowa State University, Iowa, USA and Ian Whitehead, Associate Professor in Rural Property Management at the University of Plymouth, UK
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