Sep 21, 2019

Meet Joe Kluender


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Contact Joe:

Phone: 507.276.6368                            
Email:    Address:
2126 Rolling Green Lane                    North Mankato, MN 56003

Joe Kluender is an independent family business consultant who specializes in farm family dynamics. He provides facilitation on exit strategies for retiring farmers; estate plans that include non-active stakeholders; transition plans that meet the needs of multiple generations and preserve the family farm; and business organization for family farms with multiple family members.

Joe grew up on a family farm in southern Minnesota, becoming the third generation farm owner/operator. During the 25 years that Joe operated the farm, he developed an intimate relationship with the land and an understanding of the emotional issues surrounding family farms. Joe is a Certified Agricultural Consultant (CAC). Joe developed his expertise in family business dynamics by earning a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) from the Family Firm Institute in London, England, in 2009. Prior to forming Farm Family Dynamics, LLC, Joe was an agricultural business consultant for nine years at LarsonAllen, LLP.

Joe has taken an active role in facilitating peer groups for ag producers.  Through his business, Joe currently facilitates four upper Midwest groups with members from Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. He also is a facilitator for farm peer-to-peer advisory groups through Farm Journal’s Top Producer Executive NetworkTM




TPEN Reflection: Solutions

As your business grows, you begin to hit a "ceiling of complexity" where the way you’ve done it before needs to change if you are to continue your forward progress. Tillage practices, planting or harvest strategies, equipment changes, accounting, banking, risk management, human resources and family relationships are just a few areas in which you’ll experience growing pains. The peer group experience shows you that others have solved some of the problems you face, and that you have in fact solved other producers’ problems.

Take Action

Identify the three biggest challenges you face, write them down, discuss them in your business and come prepared to share them at your next peer group meeting.

On behalf of the TPEN facilitation team,

Lance Woodbury