The modern farmer is required to know much more than just harvesting produce and raising animals. Here is everything you need to know about managing your farm well.Continue
How is agriculture affected by rising interest rates?
In recent months, the U.S. Federal Reserve increased the benchmark interest rate for lenders, the highest hike since the 1980s, to combat rising inflation for everyday Americans. Here’s what you need to know about managing your farming operation with higher interest rates.Continue
Transferring the family farm to the next generation
Succession and estate planning can be difficult and emotional for many American farms. However, they are necessary for the health of the farm and the future of the family members involved. Lack of direction in transferring the farm can make moving forward difficult for everyone involved.Continue
The farmer’s ledger: operating budget 101
Instinct and experience can go a long way toward managing a successful farm. But there’s no substitute for a methodical, well-recorded operating budget. Financial tidiness can help farmers have a better grasp on what they can and cannot afford, but also what they should spend money on when they have change to spare. An operating budget can…
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A succession planning checklist for passing the torch
Whether you own a family-run business or a growing enterprise that deliberates in a fancy boardroom, you need a succession plan for your business.Continue
Tips for scaling a small business effectively
Scaling a small business is a delicate balancing act that demands careful planning. The goal should be to increase revenue faster than you increase spending to sustain that new revenue. Simple, right? Well, not exactly. When your business starts showing signs of growth, consider these tips for scaling responsibly.Continue
Need Help Navigating a Challenging Ag Economy?
Lean on Your Ag Lender as Your “Financial Mentor” Recent years have brought many challenges to farmers in the Midwest. Although production has been high, commodity prices have remained low. Trade negotiations with China have added more strain on an already struggling industry. Agricultural lenders are familiar with all of these issues and can help…
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7 tips for farmers to develop a strong marketing plan
One of the keys to success for today’s agricultural producers is a strong marketing plan which includes knowing break-even costs, having a solid action plan and keeping emotions out of it, according to tips released by the American Bankers Association at the ABA National Agricultural Bankers conference in Omaha, Neb. Members of the ABA Agricultural…
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