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Succession: Who gets the farm can split families apart. It doesn't have to

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Over the past 70 years the number of family-run properties in Australia has dropped by two thirds, and there is concern if other farms aren't passed on correctly that number will keep declining.

Do you ever get into awkward conversations with your parents?

For many young people keen to take over the family farm that conversation is figuring out what happens when their parents retire or, in some cases die.

It's called succession, and it's traditionally been a dirty word in farming families.

"Succession is one of the biggest issues for young farmers," Toby Locke says who is the chief executive of Young Farmers Australia.



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