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The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture

Tennessee Farmland Legacy


Tennessee Farmland Legacy

Planning Today for Tomorrow's Farms

Chapter 1: Why Succession Planning?

This chapter introduces the basic concept of succession planning and provides insight as to why succession planning is so important to farm families and Tennessee’s agricultural sector.

Chapter 1 Text

Additional Resources

  • Fetsch, Robert J., 1999. “Some Do's and Don'ts for Successful Farm and Ranch Family Estate Transfers,” Journal of Extension 37(3) (June). Available online at:
  • Marrison, David L., 2007. Whole Farm Planning Model. Building for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business Fact Sheet Series, The Ohio State University Extension, Columbus, Oh.
  • Mishra, A.K.,, 2005 (April). “How Do U.S. Farmers Plan for Retirement?” , Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service


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