Isaac and Elizabeth Christy – Christy Farms, Nelson, MO
"We decided to do strategic planning because it gives us solid footing in the way we’re adapting to the changing world around us. Margins will continue to contract, so we need advisors and tools to help. Now we have the ability to talk about change, deal with it head on and adapt to it, not out of fear – but because we’re proactive in the growth and development of our operation.
I liked how our Water Street advisors never put ideas into our heads. They just helped us extract the ideas that were already there. Then, they helped us develop those ideas and how they will work best on our farm."
Kevin and Julia Struss – Struss Farms, Wakeeney, KS
"First, the strategic planning process showed us where we are now. Then we started figuring out where we want our farm to be in the future. I always had a plan for our farm in my mind, but I had never been this clear about it until working with Water Street. Overall, doing this has made us more business-like - we can see what we want for our operation and how we can get there.
Everyone at Water Street has our best interest in mind. We've tried working with other advisors, but never were able to put everything together like what we have with Water Street. Our advisors are very professional and helpful - and they want to help us. I love their approach to communication. I love what they've done for me - it's exactly what I expected."
Pete Pistorius – Pistorius Farms, Blue Mound, IL
"As our farm’s CEO, my goal is to be forward-thinking. We had gone from being a small operation to a bigger business within a short period of time. I felt we needed to step back and focus more on the business side of farming. Our main focus was on production, and we weren’t focusing as much on the business, we just drove it along with us.
The strategic planning process helped us talk about things that we probably wouldn’t have discussed otherwise. It was good for us to sit down together and focus on what we want for the operation. I’ve had a very positive experience with Water Street. I think there’s a huge need for operations like mine to be able to work with places like Water Street that focus specifically on business consulting for farms."