The Biggest Factor for Farmer Profitability for 2010

by Kim Lang March 16, 2010

A panel discussion at this year's Commodity Classic focused on the financial elements of farming - and what parts growers can control.  We will be sharing pieces of the panel discussion over the coming weeks.  Here's the first installment.  The question was:  What will make the biggest difference in farmer profitability this year?

Panelists:  Arlan Suderman, Market Analyst, Farm Futures; Darren Frye, President & CEO, Water Street Solutions; Tim Copeland, VP of Marketing, Great American Insurance; and Mike Jacobson, Chairman, President & CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank

Click here to watch the video.  The discussion took place on March 6, 2010.

Commodity Classic Session a Success

by Water Street Solutions March 8, 2010

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Water Street Solutions and Farm Progress Companies sponsored the Closing Learning Center Session Saturday at the 2010 Commodity Classic is Anaheim, CA.  The 2-hour panel discussion was a great opportunity for growers to learn things they do have control over on the financial end of their operation.  A summary of the contents of the session is posted today on Farm Progress web sites, and you can read it by clicking here.  In the coming weeks, video from this session will be shared here.

Come and See Us at Commodity Classic in Anaheim

by Kim Lang February 18, 2010

If you're coming to the Commodity Classic, you'll want to make sure to mark this session on your program.  At 1:30 on Saturday, March 6th, there's a panel discussion titled Controlling What You Can Control.  Arlan Suderman from Farm Futures Magazine told me that farmers come out in droves to attend an outlook seminar.  And he knows, because he gives them.  It's fun to talk about the factors impacting the markets.  But after a while it gets frustrating, because what can you really do about those factors?  Nothing.  During this session the focus will be on things where you can impact your profitability, simply by learning and tracking and knowing what numbers to watch and what to do with them once you've found them. 

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       Max Armstrong                 Arlan Suderman                 Mike Jacobson                Tim Copeland                       Darren Frye

Max Armstrong (you've heard of him, right?) is hosting the session.  Our experts include:  Arlan Suderman, Market Analyst for Farm Futures Magazine; Mike Jacobson, Chairman, President and CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank; Tim Copeland, VP of Marketing at Great American Insurance and Darren Frye, CEO of Water Street Solutions. 

I'm sure you'll go home from this session energized about what you've learned and how it can help you take the financial reins of your operation.  If you can't be there with us, you'll be able to find information from the session on this web site.

Having a Plan Allows a Grower to Take Advantage of Opportunities

by Kim Lang December 7, 2009

IMG_5582 (WinCE) Even in the current grim economy, a good plan can lead to commodity marketing success, according to Darren Frye.  He talked with Brownfield's Tom Steever about the economy and the opportunities that still exist.  Listen to Tom's report here.

Starting a Marketing Plan with a Financial Analysis

by Water Street Solutions November 30, 2009

Darren coloradjust (Custom) You know you want to make money, but how do you start building a marketing plan that's strategic and will help you get to your financial goals?  Water Street Solutions' CEO Darren Frye says it's a little like taking a trip.  First you start with a map.  That map is your financial analysis.  Here's more from his discussion with KRVN's Ken Rahjes.  Starting a Marketing Plan with a Financial Analysis - Frye AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: Start a Marketing Plan with a Financial Analysis

What's Behind a Marketing Recommendation?

by Water Street Solutions November 23, 2009

Ag Bankers 2009 058 (WinCE) Grain and livestock marketing can seem a whole lot like gambling if you don't know what you're doing.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  Darren Frye talks to KRVN's Ken Rahjes about how we build marketing plans at Water Street Solutions and what a person needs to learn to manage risk and build profits.  Whats Behind a Marketing Recommendation - Frye AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: Whats Behind a Marketing Recommendation

Darren Frye Speaks to ABA Ag Bankers Meeting in San Antonio

by Water Street Solutions November 17, 2009

Pulling the Pieces Together:  Making a Difference for Farmer Profitability was the title of his presentation as Darren Frye addressed a workshop session at the American Bankers Association Ag Bankers Conference in San Antonio this morning. 

Ag Bankers 2009 053 (Small)Darren addressed a packed room and kept them engaged as bankers seek to bring all possible resources to their ag customers.  He walked the group through why it's important to start with a financial analysis, best crop insurance strategies depending on the operation, and how to leverage marketing with financials and crop insurance for the best success.

Water Street Solutions likes to involve the banker in the work we do with our clients to make sure we're all on the same page and doing the best job for profitability.

Financial Personal Training for Farmers

by Kim Lang October 9, 2009

Here's an article that ran a little while back in the Illinois AgriNews.  I wanted to share it with you, because it does a good job of explaining how our business works.

Illinois AgriNews Jul 31 2009 B.pdf (34.92 kb)

Removing the Panic, Creating a Plan

by Water Street Solutions September 28, 2009

Husker Harvest Days 178 (WinCE) The run up in grain prices last year may have presented some with a great opportunity, but for many growers, it messed with our ideas about what our crop is worth.  This is evidenced by the large number of growers who haven't priced this year's crop.  Some are still waiting to market their '08 crop.  All of this creates panic.  Jason Ladman talks with KRVN's Ken Rahjes about acknowledging the past and being able to move forward in a better direction....with a plan.  Removing the Panic Creating a Plan - Ladman AUDIO

What Do We Do Now -- With the Grain Market Slide?

by Water Street Solutions July 7, 2009

Darren coloradjust (Custom) It's a stressful time right now, if we've been neglecting our risk management work.  CEO Darren Frye talks with KRVN's Ken Rahjes about developing a strategy for what we can do now, since we've seen grain prices drop significantly in the past week.  Frye advises that growers have a good understanding of their break-evens, and be prepared for upside potential that remains through the rest of this growing season.  What To Do Now - Frye AUDIO

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