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How to Start a Farm: Your Complete Guide to Success

A walk-through of how to start a farm, as well as give you the resources to help you get started with a farming business today. The state of small farm business in the U.S.A. Why do you want to start a small farm? What to do if you’ve never farmed before Step 1:...

How to Best Prepare Your Home, Livestock, and Land From Wildfires

By Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Are you prepared for the worst? No one wants to imagine that a wildfire would ever move to their property; however it is best to be as prepared as possible to minimize losses in case of a disaster. The best...

5 tax tips every farmer should know

Filing taxes for your farm business can get complicated quickly. These tax tips for farmers can help you learn what you need to report and how to take advantage of tax breaks available to you. By Ben Luthi, Personal Finance Writer creditkarma.com, April 12, 2018...

Wildfire: Preparing the Ranch and Farm

Wildfire presents unique challenges to ranches and farms that typically do not apply to urban homeowners and neighborhoods. For example, farms and ranches often have multiple buildings, hay stacks, fuel storage tanks, livestock, limited water access, distant fire...

Are You Ready and Equipped to Lead Business Succession?

I meet farm owners who are in the fifth or sixth generation. I have met a few with double digit generations. My wife and I both have brothers on Century Farms that are transitioning to our nephews. How does this happen? When should it happen? What does farm family...

Understanding long-term farmland leases

Expert discusses how producers may benefit from these agreements By Kaitlynn Anderson Staff Writer Farms.com, July 11, 2018 Producers who want to rent land for extended periods may want to consider long-term leases. Farmers may enter into these agreements if they want...

Dealing with problem employees

Published in the May 28, 2018 online edition of Farm Credit Canada’s Ag Knowledge Author: Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council How do you coach a problem employee, and when and how do you let them go? Meet and clarify...

Stress – Friend or Foe?

Much is being written, especially in dairy circles, about the impact of the current economic environment on the stress level of farmers. Most has implicitly or explicitly cast stress in a negative light. That is not the whole story. Stress is necessary for our normal...

Active Listening: The Lifeblood of Great Communication

Please think of a recent time when someone – employee, colleague, partner, family member, friend – was not listening when you had something important to say. Now think about how you felt and describe your feelings in one word. In workshops, feelings like...