Project ID

M2008-02

Abstract

Four case studies were developed for Iowa farm operations that have successfully used machinery and labor sharing arrangements for intergenerational transfer of farm assets. Results were shared at workshops and through publication of a resource manual.

Key Question

What are the key strategies that farm families should follow to successfully reduce machinery and labor costs through sharing the use and ownership of these resources?

Findings

In-depth interviews with four farm families explained how they have implemented sharing arrangements to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and transfer use and ownership of farm assets to the next generation. This information was integrated into educational materials developed for earlier efforts, and presented to three diverse audiences.

Principal Investigator(s)

Roger Ginder

Co-Investigator(s)

William Edwards, Darren Jarboe, Georgeanne Artz

Year of Grant Completion

2011