What's the Greatest Threat to Your Future?

by Heather Lauf November 18, 2013

Farm Futures logoWhen you think about your operation, what do you feel is the greatest threat to it? A lot has changed in agriculture - especially in the past 10 years. And what's going to set apart farms in the next 10 years has a lot to do with how the farm leader approaches change.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about how farm leaders can prepare for the future and stay competitive by continually learning and growing. Read his blog post.

One of the learning opportunities Darren talks about are the Ag Edge Farm Business Seminars that will take place across the Midwest this winter. Find an event near you.

Use Your 'Off Season' Time Between Harvest and Planting

by Heather Lauf November 15, 2013

Corn and Soybean Digest web logoDo you feel like there isn't really a 'slow' season on your farm anymore? The key is being intentional and setting aside some time to reflect and learn for the future of your farm. Opportunities like the Ag Edge Farm Business Seminars this winter are a chance to learn new skills that will help you during the busier times.

This month, Dean Heffta, Senior Director at Water Street Solutions, writes about some ways you can intentionally set up some time for learning this off season. Read about that in his Think column in this month's issue of Corn and Soybean Digest.

Planning for 2014 - What to Keep in Mind?

by Heather Lauf November 5, 2013

dFrye64You're probably finishing up in your fields with harvest 2013 - have you started to think about 2014? Our ag finance specialists are already hearing land-related questions and questions about inputs. So, what's on your mind for 2014? Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN about some things to consider as you start your plans.  Planning for 2014 Frye AUDIO

Keep Your Foot in the Door

by Heather Lauf November 4, 2013

Farm Futures logoWhen the landlord asks for higher cash rent - what should you do? Do you keep your foot 'in the door'? But how can you do that without hurting yourself? What's the right balance?

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions has some ideas on how to talk with your landlords about what current commodity prices could mean for cash rent levels. Read his blog post.

Get Strategic About Taxes

by Heather Lauf October 28, 2013

Farm Futures logoTax planning might not be your most favorite part of your farm business...but farms do have a unique opportunity (that most businesses don't) to plan taxes in a strategic, long-term way. Have you set up a meeting with your tax preparer for once harvest is done - to take advantage of that?

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about some of the questions your tax preparer should be asking to help you plan your taxes strategically - based on where your operation is headed.  Read his blog post.

Productivity on the Farm is No Accident

by Heather Lauf October 25, 2013

Corn and Soybean Digest web logoAs a farm leader, how can you motivate your employees - while making sure the important work on the farm is getting done? What are the best ways to make sure that all employees are contributing to the cause?

This month, Dean Heffta, Senior Director at Water Street Solutions, talks about how a highly productive staff on the farm is no accident - it's a result of the farm leader's intentions and actions. Read his column about that in the October issue of Corn and Soybean Digest.

What's Your Plan for 2014?

by Heather Lauf October 22, 2013

Farm Futures logoMaybe you're still harvesting, but it's not too early to begin thinking about plans for the 2014 crop year. And it's looking like a year where you'll want to have a proactive, flexible plan in place that you can adjust - with tighter margins potentially on the horizon.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions helps you start thinking about what it's going to take for your operation to be successful in 2014.  Read his blog post.

Planning for Success as a Younger Farmer

by Heather Lauf October 8, 2013

tBrhel64The risks and rewards in today's farming world are high. And young farmers, in particular, have a lot to navigate in these challenges, especially in the financial arena. Tim Brhel, an Ag Finance Specialist with Water Street Solutions, talks about this with Dewey Nelson from KRVNYoung Farmers Plan for Financial Success Brhel AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: Young Farmers Plan for Financial Success

Financial Practices that Put You in Charge

by Heather Lauf October 7, 2013

Farm Futures logoThe most successful farmers today are constantly working to do everything a little bit better on the farm. And that comes as a result of certain practices and good habits - including what you do to actively manage your farm finances.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about some financial practices that can help as you prepare your operation for the future. Read his blog post.

Mistakes Happen: Find and Implement a Solution for Change

by Heather Lauf September 25, 2013

Corn and Soybean Digest web logoWhen mistakes are made on the farm, how do you choose to respond as the farm leader? What do you choose to do next? Our first instinct may be to blame the person who made the mistake - but there may be a more productive way to improve the process instead.

This month, Dean Heffta, Senior Director at Water Street Solutions has some ideas on how we choose to respond to mistakes on the farm.  Read his column about that in the September issue of Corn and Soybean Digest.

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