Elizabeth Williams

DTN Special Correspondent
Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams lives in Indianola, Iowa, and has covered farm management, tax, land values, federal farm programs, conservation and ag marketing issues for over 25 years.

Before coming to DTN, she worked as a writer and editor for Top Producer, Professional Farmers of America and Farm Journal.

Elizabeth grew up on a farm where her family raised seed corn, soybeans and fed cattle. Her grandfather founded a seed corn company in South Dakota. Her family still owns and operates Curry Seed Company. Her non-journalistic work experience ranges from spending nine summers detasseling corn to spending a year in China teaching English at an agricultural university.

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    Succession Strategies Part 3

    Open and honest communication is critical between generations of family members.

  • Noncash benefits should be considered and included when determining a compensation package in a family-farm business. (Data provided by Dick Wittman)

    Succession Strategies Part 2

    A compensation plan that pays heirs to farm should look beyond a salary and factor in other benefits and responsibilities the next generation values.

  • There are major differences and goals between estate planning and succession planning. Many times, families think they are the same. (Lance Woodbury, KCoe Isom, illustration by Barry Falkner)

    Succession Strategies Part 1

    When transitioning the farm to the next generation, everyone needs to understand that identical shares may not be an option.