The Importance of Training for Your Farm Transition Plan - Use Spring Planting Time

by Heather Lauf March 25, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)It feels overwhelming when you think about everything you need to teach the next generation on your farm, doesn't it? How about starting with an important time on the farm - the spring? In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, has some ideas about how planting season can be an opportunity to train your farm's future leaders.  Read it HERE.

Is Your Farm's Succession Plan in Place? The Research Says Probably Not.

by Water Street Solutions March 23, 2013

KnorrMany farms will need to transition in the next decade or two because of the aging of today's farmers.  Bryce Knorr, Senior Editor of Farm Futures Magazine presented his research at the recent Commodity Classic in Orlando.  You can see a video of his presentation HERE.

Trends in Land Ownership May Impact Farm Operation

by Heather Lauf March 20, 2013

INAgrinews_2013_Mar_Trends-in-land-ownership-may-impact-your-operationHave you thought about what the changes in land prices and landlord situations could mean to the future of your farm?  You should - as a part of your strategic planning.  Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions addresses this in AgriNews.  Read it HERE.

Nebraska Farmer Works with Water Street Solutions to Bring in the Next Generation

by Heather Lauf March 20, 2013

Mark and Jane Jost of Henderson, Nebraska work with Water Street Solutions in several different areas of their farm operation. They talked about their goals for their farm's legacy and how Water Street is helping:

"We started working with Water Street mainly because we have kids coming in to the operation. We don't want them to have to make some of the same mistakes we went through in the last 30 years. We were looking for someone to be more involved in various facets of our operation in the way that Water Street does.

We see the importance in everything Water Street does and how to apply it on our farm. We're thinking about putting our farm's core values up in our shop office. We are really impressed with the emphasis Water Street places on communication on the farm. With three family members on our farm - and two of them being from the younger generation - there needs to be a lot of communication about what's going on."

Know Your Numbers When Making Cash Rent Decisions

by Water Street Solutions March 19, 2013

rHuffstutler64Cash rents, along with farmland prices, are going up. That makes some decisions a little tougher for you. Ryan Huffstutler is an Ag Finance Specialist with Water Street Solutions, and he talks about this situation with Dewey Nelson from KRVNKnowing Your Numbers When Making Cash Rent Decisions Huffstutler AUDIO

For the text of the interview, click here: Know Your Numbers When Making Cash Rent Decisions

Communication is Key During Crunch Time

by Heather Lauf March 18, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)You want everybody on your farm to be on the same page during the upcoming planting season - but how can you get your team all pulling in the same direction?  In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about a few good communication practices that can help make for a successful planting season.  Read it HERE.

The Spring Base Price for Crop Insurance Has Been Set

by Heather Lauf March 11, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)The RMA announced the spring base price for corn and soybeans earlier this month, and now crop insurance decision-making time is almost over already. In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about how good crop insurance decisions now can provide peace of mind later during the growing season.  Read it HERE.

Farm Transition Planning: Communicate, Use Experts, Keep Focused

by Water Street Solutions March 10, 2013

CSDblackwo-tagWEBCorn and Soybean Digest attended the succession planning Learning Center Session that we sponsored at Commodity Classic this year, and wrote this about it:  Link here to article

Ag Scholarships for College Students

by Heather Lauf March 5, 2013

Water Street Solutions will award five college scholarships to ag students for the 2013-14 academic year. The award includes a $1,600 scholarship and tuition to attend the 2013 Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference ($1,000 value). Students from Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Kentucky are eligible to apply for these scholarships, and must be enrolled or intend to enroll in an ag-related four year degree program.

Click here for more information on how to apply. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2013.

Know Your Numbers When Making Cash Rent Decisions

by Heather Lauf March 5, 2013

FarmFuturesLogoNEW (2)Cash rents are rising. And it can be hard to determine what you can or should be paying for cash rent. In his weekly Finance First post on www.farmfutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about how to look at new rental opportunities - through the lens of your operation's financials. Read it HERE.

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