Every farm and ranch operation is unique, that is why it is so important to sit down as family and work on a succession plan that is understood by each member and clarifies viable options for the future. Succession planning represents more than estate planning. Family members come together to discuss their vision for the future and the steps it will take for a smooth, successful transition. Many families need a place to start. Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services and K-State Research and Extension provide farm and ranch succession planning facilitators to help guide the process, so families generate options and implement a plan.