Short and Long-Term Farm Plans Work Together

by Heather Lauf March 13, 2014

bMetzger64Your financial plans for your farm - both short and long-term - and your legacy plan (the ultimate long-range plan) work best when they're working in tandem. Financial insights about your operation help you make the best plans for the future of your farm and the next generation's involvement in the operation, says Ben Metzger, Director at Water Street Solutions. He talks with Dewey Nelson of KRVN about that.  Short and Long-Term Farm Plans Work Together Metzger AUDIO

Are You a 'Business-First' Farm Family?

by Heather Lauf March 11, 2014

Farm Futures logoWhat's a 'business-first' farm family? What do they do well, that makes them successful - both in their business and as a family? Jolene Brown is a family business expert and speaker who helped participants at our Ag Edge farm business seminars this winter answer those questions for their own family farm businesses.

In his weekly Finance First post on, Darren Frye, President and CEO, writes about the practices of the successful 'business-first' farm family. Read his blog post.

The Best Time to Do Legacy Planning

by Heather Lauf March 4, 2014

bMetzger64Is there a 'best time', an ideal moment to work on a legacy plan? There's usually so much to do on the farm that the answer may seem to be "not now"! Most of us feel that a legacy plan for the farm is important, but typically it isn't an urgent to-do. Ben Metzger, Director with Water Street Solutions, answers this question with Dewey Nelson of KRVN.  The Best Time to Do Legacy Planning Metzger AUDIO

Prepare For Planting, Prepare Your Business

by Heather Lauf March 3, 2014

Farm Futures logoYou're getting ready for planting season. And as you prepare your equipment, would you benefit from a 'check-up' or assessment of the business side of your operation? Sometimes a review like that can reveal a potential problem that can save you a lot of time in the field - or challenges in building your business.

In his weekly Finance First post on, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, writes about the business planning that goes right along with preparations for planting season. Read his blog post.

Find a Business Coach - for Your Farm

by Heather Lauf February 26, 2014

aHoerr64Have you been watching the Olympic Games lately? The athletes often talk about their coaches in the stories that accompany the competition - explaining how their coach pushed them to step up their game and helped them continually improve their skills.

What would a 'coaching' relationship between a farm and a farm business coach look like? It's exactly that - a relationship - says Andy Hoerr, Field Representative at Water Street Solutions, where the coach brings new ideas and insights to the farm business to help the farm take things to the next level. Andy talks here with Dewey Nelson from KRVN.  A Business Coach for the Farm Hoerr AUDIO

Keep Landlord Relationships Strong

by Heather Lauf February 25, 2014

Farm Futures logoIt's going to be key - especially in the next few years - to make strong relationships with each of your landlords a priority. What are some specific actions you can begin taking today to strengthen your relationships with your landlords?

Our President and CEO Darren Frye has some ideas you could use in your operation's landlord relations strategy in his weekly Finance First post on Read his blog post.

Taking the Farm to the Next Level of Professionalism

by Heather Lauf February 20, 2014

dHeffta64If you've been going to farm seminars and meetings this winter, reading up on farm periodicals, and planning for the upcoming growing season, you might start to feel: How am I going to put the best ideas into practice on my farm?

Our Senior Director Dean Heffta talks with Dewey Nelson from KRVN about what to do to get ideas implemented in the operation, taking the farm to the next level.  Taking the Farm to the Next Level of Professionalism Heffta AUDIO

Your Farm's Financial Health Affects Your Legacy

by Heather Lauf February 19, 2014

Farm Futures logoShort term and long term plans for the farm work together, says President and CEO of Water Street Solutions Darren Frye in his Finance First column on this week. Find out how the financial health of your farm affects your farm's long-term legacy. Read his blog post.

Scholarship Opportunities for Ag Students

by Heather Lauf February 13, 2014

dHeffta64One of the ways we give back to agriculture is in the form of three scholarships for students who are studying or plan to study an ag-related program in college. Our Senior Director Dean Heffta discusses the third year of our program and what we'll be looking for in applicants.  Scholarship Opportunities for Ag Students Heffta AUDIO

Apply for the scholarship online. The deadline to apply is March 14.

'Leading Up' for the Future of the Farm

by Heather Lauf February 12, 2014

Farm Futures logoIs planning for the future a priority on your farm? Creating plans for what's going to happen to the farm - and how leadership on the farm will continue - in the future isn't usually urgent, but is certainly important.

In his weekly Finance First post on, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions writes about what each generation on the farm can do to help ensure plans are in place for the future. Read his blog post.

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