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Cite this work: Groskopf, J. “Paying Family Members on the Farm or Ranch.” CAP Series 24-0202, Center for Agricultural Profitability, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Feb. 13, 2024. DOI: 10.32873/unl.dc.cap028.


For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This is the first in a series of articles that will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation.

One tactic is to provide new family members with monetary compensation, such as an hourly wage or salary. The total compensation should be comparable to the market value of wages to hire a non-family member to do the same work.