Yesterday, the “life insurance man” stopped by the farm to update our information post-marriage. It felt a little funny to be discussing one another’s death after just one month of marriage. Right now, our lives seem so bright & full of possibility. Who wants to talk about such heavy topics in such a happy season of life?
Even though we are just one month & two days into our marriage – I hope that John & I can take a proactive approach to the heavy topics we discussed yesterday: retirement savings, life insurance policies and estate planning. I often write about my joy in the farming lifestyle. But, I also realize that there are few things that steal away joy like financial insecurity.
Most people prefer to be private about their finances. I respect that decision. The Farm Journal Legacy Project highlights the estate planning process of individual farming families throughout the United States. The families involved in the project sacrifice their privacy in order to serve as examples for others in the agricultural community. Their case studies serve as hopeful stories to families struggling with planning for multi-generation farming operations.
I am happy to see an increase in dialogue regarding this topic. Ag publications, like Farm Journal, are no longer silent about this serious issue. I hope that farming families, like John and I, will follow suit.