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7 Things Agriculture Businesses Need To Consider When Hiring H-2A Workers

Posted by Whitney Fisher on April 23, 2017

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.

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Topics: Ag Business, Management

Landowner Relations Best Practices: Plan Your Meetings with Landowners Like You Plan Your Vacations

Posted by Dave Bryden on April 7, 2017

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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Topics: Ag Business

Estate & Succession Planning for Your Family Farm

Posted by Chris Whited on March 13, 2017

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.

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Eliminating Frustration with Better Communication

Posted by Chris Whited on March 1, 2017
Farming with the family has its challenges. Don’t let poor communication be one of them!

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.

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Best Practices for Improving Farm Profitability

Posted by Chris Whited on February 13, 2017

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.

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Managing Agricultural Economics in Today’s Market

Posted by Chris Whited on November 7, 2016

Many operations are subconsciously using the economy as an excuse for not advancing. It’s time to battle that behavior.

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Are You Killing Your Farm’s Business Vision?

Posted by Chris Whited on October 24, 2016

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.

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The Farmer’s Almanac for Farm Decision Making

Posted by Chris Whited on October 17, 2016

Many of us may struggle when it comes to general decision making, let alone farm decision making for our ag business. Hesitation and uncertainty can impede your farm’s progress. Here are some techniques that will help you when you face those difficult decisions moving forward.

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Successful Growth Systems for Farm Operations

Posted by Chris Whited on October 10, 2016

Here’s what successful farms do, and why you should try it, too.

It’s exciting to read about the success of farmers like Randy Dowdy, who has astonished us with a record-breaking 171.8 bushels/acre soybean yield this year. Along with this success, Randy achieved 500 bushels/acre corn yield in 2014. We want to know how he achieved such feats and what techniques were used.

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Invest in Profit to Improve Your Farm Financial Management

Posted by Chris Whited on October 4, 2016

For nearly a decade I’ve worked for AgriSolutions, Inc., helping producers set up, implement, and utilize a sophisticated managerial accounting system for their farm operation. Since day one, I have learned a lot about farm financial management from the producers I work with, as they strive to improve their profit margins. Success comes with focus on the following crucial areas.

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