A farm family coach has been recognized for her decades of working with farmers across the country.

Elaine Froese has worked with farmers for 40 years and she says it was nice to be recognized for her efforts. She was given the Wilson Loree Award at the National Ag-Excellence Conference held in Winnipeg last week. That award award is handed out to someone who has made a significant contribution to farm business management.

“For me it’s recognition of some of the pioneering work that I have done as a farm family coach across Canada. It’s recognition of the long hours of coaching ore than 1,000 families and working with farm management people across Canada.”

As a farm family coach Froese says her role is to help farm families communicate and resolve conflict as they make their transitions plans. “So the work I do is to get certainty of expectations about what their future is going to look like on the farm and to help them nail down some timelines and most of all have a commitment to action.”

Froese adds over the decades it has become evident that farming has become more complex and complicated. She says people just want certainty of agreements and timelines so everybody is clear about their roles.

“Unfortunately the statistics show the number of people actually getting written succession plans is not improving and my main concern when I talk with families is they don’t even have basic things in order like a will or power of attorney.

She adds people need to realize they can ask the hard questions as they navigate their way through the planning process.

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