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Opportunities Provided by Drought
Some people may read that title and expect a “silver lining” type of lesson. While some people may have something to say along these lines, ..
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How Do You Define Success? Would a SWOT Analysis Help?
When you consider your farming operation and where you hope to lead it, what does success look like, both short-term and in the distant futu..
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What Is a Grant of Authority? Do I Need It on My Farm?
Why would you need a grant of authority?
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11 Highlights You Need to Know About the New Stimulus..
This blog provides a summary of the stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on Sunday, December 27, 2020. 
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The Real Purpose of An Automatic Renewable Lease
If your leases have a clause that allows them to automatically renew each year, let’s make sure you are using that clause for the right reas..
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Systems Thinking Part 5: Business Analysis
Business analysis sounds like something you are doing every day. After all, you are looking at your business while working in it and, from t..
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When and How to Conduct Spring Pre-Planting Training for a..
Having a pre-season/pre-planning meeting and training session for your farm will help set you up for a successful harvest. In part two of ou..
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Spring Pre-Planting Training for a Farming Operation
What do Farm Operations and Major League Baseball Teams have in common? Or perhaps I should ask, what SHOULD they have in common? SPRING TRA..
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Attracting And Retaining The Right Talent For Your Farming..
The U.S. Unemployment Rate fell to its lowest level in 50 years, at a current rate of 3.5% in January 2020. According to the U.S. Bureau of ..
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Systems Thinking Part 4: Protect Your Farm's Assets and..
You wouldn’t leave your wallet, driver’s license and passport lying on the table in a restaurant and walk away. Instead, you keep those item..
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Systems Thinking Part 3: Breaking Down Silos
Being an effective manager requires a big picture view of your business. In other words, you must manage your entire farm, not just one area..
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Systems Thinking Part 2: Managing People for Maximum..
“Management is about human beings. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weak..
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Systems Thinking Part 1: Enhancing Your Management Skills
“Get better before you get bigger.” When I shared this crucial advice in a previous blog following my transition into the role of CEO at Fam..
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The 2018 FamilyFarms Group Summer Conference was a Grand..
The 2018 FamilyFarms Group Summer Conference themed “Building a Strong Team” that was held in O’Fallon, Illinois on July 16 – 19 was a grand..
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Does On-Farm Grain Storage Genuinely Add Value?
After three years of unprofitable grain production margins, it’s difficult to consider a significant capital project. Yet, when I interview ..
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Why Would We Focus on Keeping Families on the Farm?
After 51 years of dedicating my life to agriculture, I’ve developed a unique perspective and a wide network of information sources, and I ha..
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