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#12 The Family Farm—What is your 100-year Plan?

Transferring a farm or agricultural business to the next generation is a multifaceted and emotional journey, much like any other business endeavor.

Farmers face the challenges of estate planning, optimizing taxes, and ensuring the long-term prosperity of their business. It is vital for business owners to have a clear understanding of their current standing and future goals. Equally important is their awareness of the farm’s purpose and objectives for both the present and future generations, fostering effective intergenerational communication. Moreover, there are essential considerations to bear in mind when passing down a farm or agricultural business.

In this podcast you will learn the importance of:

  • Acquiring a clear understanding of your business’s present situation and future objectives.
  • Comprehending the motives and aspirations of both the current and future generations.
  • Obtaining insights on essential factors to consider prior to and during the transfer of the farm business.
  • Developing effective communication tactics to navigate challenging conversations with family members.


About the Participants:

Michael Baker
Licensed Life Insurance Broker, Baker Wealth
Michael Baker founded Baker Wealth to build meaningful success for people. A challenge-driven CPA, he wanted to help his clients forge a tighter connection between financial prosperity and a fulfilling life. Michael is your expert advisor and ally, with 25+ rich and illuminating years of experience as a professional. Talk to Michael about planning your future, starting a new business or welcoming a new family member. He’s an active listener; he not only hears your words, but he understands them – the key to solid financial results.

Shane Donner
Partner, Smith & Hersey Agribusiness Law LLP
Shane has been working as a Solicitor at Smith & Hersey Agribusiness Law for over 8 years. Shane’s practice is primarily focused on business transition planning (specifically agricultural operations), corporate finance, commercial/agricultural real estate, and negotiating renewable energy leases for wind and solar projects on behalf of landowners.

Shauna Trainor
Principal, A&O Partners LLP
Shauna works with enterprising families across North America to navigate the complexities of ownership, wealth, and family dynamics. Shauna engages in a planning process with family enterprises to help them identify, clarify, and articulate their ownership vision and strategy. In collaborating with families, Shauna helps them to establish relevant governance, enhance communication and engage in shared decision making. Shauna leverages her business and psychology background to help families and individual members achieve their desired objectives.

Rob Wallis
Partner and Senior Advisor, VELA Wealth

Rob has provided senior financial planning and advice to VELA clients for over 15-years. He excels at working with entrepreneurial professionals and business owners to define their individual ecosystems and establish meaningful life and financial goals. He has specialized expertise in guiding healthcare professionals who are building multi-location, and specialist clinics. To learn more, please visit VELA team page.


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