The Moes Family
Goodwin, South Dakota
The Moes family has been milking cows in South Dakota since 1884. The fourth generation, Jim and Greg, joined the operation in the early 1970s. Today, the operation includes three separate business entities: MoDak Dairy, MoDak Feeds and MoDak Trucking.
Dairy Today has been following Jim and Greg’s journey, which also includes nine siblings—all of whom are heirs to part of the family’s land base but none of whom are active in the business. Their mother, Eileen, owns several quarters of the land the Moeses operate. Another huge chunk of land is in a family trust, with other siblings named as heirs to specific quarters.
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Land held in trust complicates family’s transition planning.
When Jim and Greg Moes, their spouses and their families signed on to be a Farm Journal Legacy Project case study family, they knew they’d have to make some tough choices and difficult decisions.
Gathering documents is a critical phase in planning.
Gritty details make or break viable agreements.
After months of document collection and analysis, Greg, Julie, Jim and Kathy Moes were finally able to sit down with their Legacy Project advisers.
After six long years of debate, soul searching and stops and starts, the Moes family is hoping to sign final transition plans this summer.
After six years of planning, the Moes sign farm transition documents.