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How Do You Know When You Need Agricultural Consulting and Coaching?

Posted by Marty Turner on June 7, 2017

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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Topics: General, Management

Who is FamilyFarms Group? Ag Services and "Keeping Families on the Farm"

Posted by Chris Whited on June 5, 2017

FamilyFarms Group equips members with the tools, training and skills to continually develop themselves, employees, farming operation and bottom line - without sacrificing family or working themselves to death.

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Topics: General

FamilyFarms Group Named Business of the Year

Posted by Jill Miller on May 17, 2017

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.

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Topics: General

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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