Employees Who Are So Engaged - They Act Like Owners

by Water Street Solutions July 16, 2013

dHeffta64Are you having a hard time getting your employees to care?  Better employee engagement leads to bigger success for the whole business operation - as described by Dean Heffta, Senior Director of Development at Water Street Solutions.  He talks here with Dewey Nelson from KRVN.   Employees Who Act Like Owners Heffta AUDIO

Q12 is the listing of 12 questions to measure employee engagement.  It's a concept promoted by Gallup.  Here's a follow up book from First, Break All the Rules that explores the engagement questions more.  It's called The Elements of Great Management.

For the text of the interview, click here: Employees Who Are So Engaged - They Act Like Owners

Training Program on the Farm is Important for Good Farm Succession

by Water Street Solutions July 12, 2013

dFrye64May12Does your successor know everything that you know about when it comes to running the farm?  A program with good documented processes is an important part to a strong transition.  Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about this in this VIDEO.

Learning Financial Lessons from the Eighties

by Water Street Solutions July 9, 2013

dFrye64May12Keep an eye on your cash.  That's one financial lesson from the eighties.  Some of today's farmers - the young farmers - don't even remember tough times in agriculture.  Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions says it's good to take a look at history to learn some lessons about how we run our businesses.  He discusses this with Dewey Nelson from KRVN.      Financial Lessons from the 80s Frye AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: Learning Financial Lessons from the Eighties

What's Your Plan for Farm Success?

by Heather Lauf July 8, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)Why did you decide to get into farming? Chances are it probably wasn't because you love office work and strategic planning. And if you don't like planning, then it might not be a regular part of your operation...but planning is where business success starts.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, gives a few tips about some things he sees the most successful farmers doing today to plan in their operations. Read it HERE.

Engaged Employees: Key to Successful Farm Business

by Heather Lauf July 1, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)What would your business be like if your employees thought and acted with the mindset of a farm owner? That's a challenge for any business, but there are some processes you can build into the culture of your farm to help create an "ownership" mentality in everyone.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, shares some strategies you can use to build a culture of ownership and engage your employees. Read it HERE.

Success of Farm Businesses Built on Strong Relationships

by Heather Lauf June 26, 2013

dFrye64Who are some of the people who have the greatest effect on your farm, besides you as the farm leader? You work regularly with key stakeholders, like landlords, bankers, vendors and employees. Each of them has a big impact on the success of your operation.

Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, has some ideas in his AgriNews column this month on how you can build strong relationships with others to help your farm succeed. Read it HERE.

Financial Lessons from the '80s: Working Capital

by Heather Lauf June 24, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)Where were you in the '80s? Were you farming? Were you even born yet? It was a volatile time in ag - one that may hold some valuable knowledge for farmers today.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, has some working capital advice to relay from an ag banker. Read it HERE.

Taking Your Farm Management Questions

by Heather Lauf June 24, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)Our President and CEO, Darren Frye, will start co-writing the Management Coach column in Farm Futures Magazine soon.  We're looking for your farm management questions to answer in the monthly column.  Don't worry - you won't be identified.  And I'm sure if you're wondering about it, others are too.  Send your questions to waterstreet@waterstreet.org.

What Does the Record Planting Pace Mean for This Year's Crop?

by Water Street Solutions June 18, 2013

dHeffta64The crop that did get planted already this year went in during a very short period of time....a record pace.  Have we thought about what that could mean later, from an agronomic perspective?  Dean Heffta, Senior Director of Development at Water Street Solutions talks about that with Dewey Nelson from KRVN.   What Does Record Planting Mean for This Years Crop Heffta AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: What Does the Record Planting Pace Mean for This Year's Crop?

What Would Your Farm's Last Tax Bill Look Like?

by Heather Lauf June 17, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)As you get closer to transitioning your farm to the next generation, have you ever thought about what the last tax bill for your farm might look like? If you've taken advantage of tax deferments, that number might surprise you.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about how proactive tax planning is part of the legacy of your farm. Read it HERE.

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