Farm Families - Continuity Planning


  • Conduct study of how family members of different generations communicate about issues related to farm succession.


  • Design course and instructional materials on strategies/techniques for promoting effective family communication focused on addressing succession planning issues.


Becker, J., Kaplan, M., Dickinson, K.R, & Jacobson, M.G. (Eds.) (2013). Estate and succession planning for farm and forest landowners [online book, resource for eLearning curriculum]. University Park, PA: Penn State University.

Kaplan, M., Nussbaum, J., Becker, J., Fowler, C., & Pitts, M. (2009). Communication barriers to family farm succession planning. Journal of Extension, 47 (5). Oct. [WWW document]. URL:

Pitts, M., Fowler, C., Kaplan, M., Nussbaum, J., & Becker, J. (2009). Let’s do it the way we’ve always done it: Dialectical tensions underpinning family farm succession planning. Jl. of Applied Communication Research, 37(1), Feb., 59-79.

Becker, J., Kaplan, M., & Nussbaum, J. (2007). Family farm succession planning: Balancing professional responsibility with client needs for help with family relationship issues. San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, 16 (1), 1-36.