Today, family farms around the world are facing more challenges and complexities than ever before. Higher input costs, tight markets, an ever-struggling challenge to find and keep high quality employees, and of course tougher competition from growing farms—both corporate and large family farms.
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FamilyFarms Group was awarded the Jersey County Business Association (JCBA) 2016 Business of the Year Award. The JCBA gives this award out to a member business that has had a positive impact on the community. The fifteen members of JCBA’s board of directors submitted nominations for Business of the Year, and the JCBA’s more than 75 member businesses voted to choose the winner.
Agriculture businesses often need additional farm labor for harvest, planting, and sometimes even the entire season. Some farm owners use H-2A workers to staff up their operations for the busy seasons. The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring non-immigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. However, there are many requirements for hiring and employing H-2A workers. Keep reading to learn the top things to consider when hiring H-2A workers.
Like many producers in North America, you may have recently come back from a vacation during the January–February slow time. If it was not a seed supplier trip arranged by the company, you and your family likely did a certain amount of planning of details, including where to go, where to stay, how to get there, where to eat, what to do while there, what to bring, who to tell, and a host of related topics. You had to find the answers to all these questions ahead of time. To put it mildly, there’s some preparation involved. If you don’t put forth that effort, it’s not much of a vacation, and the family won’t be happy. As they say, garbage in, garbage out.
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Why you should begin estate and succession planning now—and not be paralyzed by fear of the process.
Estate and succession planning will have a huge impact on the future of your family farm. Yes, some perceive it as time-consuming, complicated, and emotional. But, this planning is crucial to securing your life’s work, passing on family values, and providing for your future generations and family farm.
One of the indicators of success for any agriculture business is effective family communication. Effective internal communication among family members, farm managers, and staff is a vital part of decision-making and family unity. Enhancing communication within a family farm will positively impact the operation’s success.
Your farm faces many challenges today, including economic recession.
Farms today are forced to manage many challenges, including an economic recession, growing pains, time restraints, and increases in prices of chemicals, fertilizers, and seed. However, there are still many steps farm owners can take to increase their profitability, regardless of economic conditions.
Many operations are subconsciously using the economy as an excuse for not advancing. It’s time to battle that behavior.
What is a business vision? For the purpose of this blog, I am going to refer to it as a dream or imagined reality that will remain just that if not pursued. Where do you envision your farm being in the next five years? What about 10 years? We’ve all imagined where we would like to take our farm in the next several years and beyond. We’ve all probably also imagined how achieving our vision for the future may impact our livelihood and family today as well as in the long run. Taking that first step to achieve your vision is not always easy. We are too busy with the day-to-day activities to effectively think through the mechanics of moving toward our dream.