Funding for this project was provided by the Canadian Farm Management Council for. the project "Planning and Transitions in a Multi-Family/Multi-Generation Farm Business." The interviews were conducted by James Soldan, Colleen Crozier, Cindy MacDonald, and the first author. The authors would like to thank Joseph Tindale and Marshall Fine as well as four anonymous reviewers for comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript. Please direct correspondence to the second author.
Succession Patterns of Farmer and Successor in Canadian Farm Families1
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2011
1998 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 553–573, December 1998
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(1998), Succession Patterns of Farmer and Successor in Canadian Farm Families. Rural Sociology, 63: 553–573. doi: 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1998.tb00692.x
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Abstract Two different succession patterns, the entrepreneur and the yeoman, were identified by Salamon and her colleagues (e.g., Salamon 1985; Salamon et al. 1986) among ethnic families on century farms. The applicability of this typology for succession on Canadian farms was assessed among 36 families who had transferred or were making provisions for transferring the farm. Case studies revealed patterns consistent with the Salamon typology for a quarter of our families, but the yeoman and entrepreneur styles were not the central contrast that differentiated them. Instead, two approaches to farm management were identified: the expander and the conservator. The combination of these two approaches in the older farmer and younger successor comprise four farmer-successor succession patterns: expander-expander; expander-conservator; conservator-expander; and conservator-conservator. Each style has different working relationships, succession strategies, and areas of potential difficulty.