Brett King of Newman Grove, Nebraska works with Water Street Solutions in his grain and cattle operation. He talked about the impact he has seen on the success of his operation from working with his Water Street advisors:
"The biggest impact I've seen on my farm with Water Street is in risk management - knowing my breakevens and making sure that I'm selling at a profitable level. Also, I can make sure that I'm always building up working capital and equity in my operation with the information in the financial analysis. Water Street has helped so much to put me in the positive financial shape I'm in now.
As a young farmer, I don't see how you could try to be without Water Street. When you buy a piece of land or machinery as a young farmer, you take a hit on your working capital. Water Street helps me manage that better. They create updated financial scenarios for me when I'm thinking about a purchase. It helps me make good decisions.
Up until 2012, I hadn't carried crop insurance. I signed up that spring because a Water Street ag risk advisor showed me how I could protect my risk and capital with such a small investment. When you're getting started farming, you have so much risk on the table. You need to protect yourself. I could tell they weren't just trying to sell me insurance. They were helping me use insurance by integrating it into my operation so I could get the most out of it."