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75 minutes | 3 days ago
"Strategic Borrowing" w/Terry Betker
In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks to Terry Betker from Backswath Management about “Strategic Borrowing”. Terry is recognized for his visionary and leading-edge contribution to farm management, and we are thrilled to have Terry joining us on the show once again. In this episode, Tracy and Terry chat about: How farmers can be very traditional, if not a little passive, when it comes to borrowing money for their farm. How has the lending industry changed from then to now? Terry’s career spans over 40 years of working with farmers, so he draws on his years in the business and shares the changes he has seen and why it is important. They discuss how competitive the current market is amongst lenders, and the opportunity it holds for farmers. Terry shares what a farmer should look for in a financial institution and touches on the essential relationships farmers need to form with key individuals. Are you interested in learning the biggest mistakes that farmers make when seeking loans? He shares those as well and the often-unknown consequences that arise from these mistakes. Strategic borrowing…so what does that really mean? Please tune in to find out and hear Terry share some game-changing tips and strategies to prepare for and seek financing for our farming operations. Are you looking to hone your farm business acumen? This episode holds the keys to help farmers become more strategic in their lending transactions. Did you catch last week’s episode? If not, you will want to listen to that one as well, where Tracy chats with Terry about all things farm debt in an episode titled “Till Debt Do We Part.” These two episodes complement each other well. See it here: "Till Debt Do We Part" w/Terry Betker …………………………. Thank You to our Show Sponsor: eKonomics™ Making Sense of Today's Crop Nutrition Research eKonomics is dedicated to busy, business-minded growers like you. In today’s fast-paced growing environment, we know it’s hard to find time to decipher the endless stream of soil fertility information available, so we do it for you. Learn more HERE. ………………………….
80 minutes | 10 days ago
"Till Debt Do We Part" w/Terry Betker
In this week’s episode, we chat with Terry Betker about farm debt in this episode aptly titled “Till Debt Do We Part.” Terry is the President and CEO of Backswath Management Inc., based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Terry is recognized for his visionary and leading-edge contribution to farm management, and we are thrilled to have Terry join us on the show once again. In this episode, Tracy and Terry chat about: The golden question…is debt bad? Is there such as thing as bad debt? How much debt is too much debt? They chat about interest rates, the effect interest has on the farm, and they discuss the lending strategies of fixed versus floating interest rate. Terry also shares that due to the nature of farm transition, debt and financial management, often becomes increasingly important during the farm transition planning process. Terry shares some critical information about how to manage debt. As a farmer, chances are, your farm has debt. So the question is. What is your relationship with debt? Are you using it as a tool or thinking of it as a burden? Is your debt appropriate to the amount of revenue on your farm? Answers to all these questions and much more can be found in this week’s episode. You will not want to miss this episode. Wait, before you go. Have you subscribed to the show? Impact Farming Insiders are first to know about new episodes and are automatically entered in all show contests and promotions. Sign up now https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up …………………………. Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Farmers Business Network®Pursue Your Prosperity.™ Farmers Business Network ® is a global Agtech company focused on helping family farmers maximize their farm’s profit potential. http://rdrurl.com/.2zczp ………………………….
62 minutes | 17 days ago
"Digging For Gold... Farm Financial Gold" w/Dick Wittman
There are many ways to increase your top line and bottom line in farming. Today we are chatting with Dick Wittman about how farmers can find more “Gold” in their operation through learning and implementing Dick’s TOP 10 financial management best practices. Dick has a wealth of experience and wisdom when it comes to farming and farm financial management. He is the former manager and board chair of a 20,000-acre Idaho family farm partnership involving crops, cattle, and timber. Since 1980 he has provided consulting services in family farm business and financial management in the U. S., Canada, and Australia. In January 2004, he released Building Effective Farm Management Systems, a guidebook designed to help commercial-size family farm businesses put in place professional management and transition processes. It was our pleasure to have Dick on the show once again to share his wealth of information with our audience. In this episode, Tracy and Dick chat about; cash versus accrual accounting, tax vs. economic depreciation, cost vs market value balance sheet, deferred tax, why paying taxes is a GOOD THING TO DO, using models to optimize capital asset acquisitions and much more. Are you looking to fine-tune your farm financial management skills? If so, you will not want to miss this episode. …………………………. SHOW RESOURCES To learn more about Dick Wittman, his FREE resources, or his Building Effective Farm Management Systems Guidebook that is available for purchase, please visit: http://click2go.me/.2zddf …………………………. Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Proven® Seeds Canada's Premier Seed Company You want bigger, higher-quality yields plus profit. And Proven Seed delivers. http://btfollow.com/.2zcs0 ………………………….
52 minutes | 24 days ago
"The 8 Biggest Farm Financial Mistakes” w/Michael Langemeier
In this week's episode, we speak to Michael Langemeier, about “The 8 Biggest Farm Financial Mistakes” that he sees farmers making. Michael is Associate Director for the Center for Commercial Agriculture and a Professor for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. We are thrilled to have Michael joining us to share some amazing insights and ideas with our audience here on The Impact Farming Show. Tracy and Michael chat about the biggest farm financial mistakes that farmers make. They cover everything from financial performance, the importance of cash, the difference between mitigating tax and optimizing profit, risk and return considerations when making decisions, important things to consider when making capital purchases, and much more. Are you looking to hone your farm business acumen? If so, you will not want to miss this episode.
81 minutes | a month ago
"Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms" w/Heather Watson
Building on last week’s episode where we explored the goldmine of farm management resources that Farm Management Canada offers, we are now diving into two of their most recent studies that research the connection between a farmer’s business management skills and the effect that it has on their mental health. Do you believe there is a connection between your farm management skills and your mental health? Believers and skeptics alike will enjoy this episode where Heather and Tracy discuss their two groundbreaking studies: The Dollars and Sense Study Update An update to their 2015 report that proved the connection between business practices and farm financial performance. In this report, Farm Management Canada looks at the various drivers and barriers to adopting business practices. Heather shares the results. Drumroll...Has there been an increase in the adoption of farm business management practices over the past five years? Tune in to hear the answer. Heather and Tracy discuss the drivers and barriers to adoption in-depth, and she shares the recommendations made in the report for the best farm management practices for farmers to adopt. The Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms Report Heather shares more about the report that explores the connection between a farmer’s level of business acumen and their mental health. The report includes 24 recommendations for supporting mental health and farm business management. Tracy asks Heather about the study and whether it found a definite connection between mental health and farm business management. Here is a sneak peek….Findings include 88% of farmers who undertake business planning say planning contributes to their peace of mind, however, only 21% of farmers have a business plan…why? 41% say they are succeeding without it…but how do they define success? When asked if anything jumped out at her from the study, Heather shares that it was the fact that young farmers and female farmers openly and unanimously report higher levels of stress due to complications with transition and maintaining family harmony and work/life balance. With the farm’s all-encompassing and hectic pace, it is often challenging to turn our attention to the non-production aspects of the business; however, once you watch this episode, we feel that many producers will be interested in honing their business acumen. Are you seeking higher profit and increased mental health on your farm? If so, you will not want to miss this episode. …………………………. SHOW RESOURCES For more information about Farm Management Canada and their resources, please visit: Farm Management Canada - http://btfollow.com/.2zcs6 To access the studies mentioned in this episode, please visit: http://btfollow.com/.2zczz …………………………. Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Farmers Business Network®Pursue Your Prosperity.™ Farmers Business Network ® is a global Agtech company focused on helping family farmers maximize their farm’s profit potential. http://rdrurl.com/.2zczp ………………………….
45 minutes | a month ago
"A Goldmine of Farm Management Resources" w/ Heather Watson
Farm Management Canada is an award-winning, trusted management resource for farm business managers and others in the agriculture industry. We invited Heather onto the show this week to share their goldmine of resources dedicated to helping farmers succeed at farm business management. In this episode, Tracy and Heather chat about: Who the National Farm Business Management Resource Centre is, when it started, and their mission. Heather shares more about their events, programs, resources, and studies: AgEx Conference - The Agricultural Excellence Conference (AgEx) is the only event in Canada dedicated exclusively to bringing farm management enthusiasts together to build their business acumen. National Farm Leadership Program - The program aims to help equip farmers with the skills to confront difficult situations and develop better response reactions to stress, improving personal and professional relationships to increase performance. AgriShield – A Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Planning Platform. They created this self-assessment and planning tool when we noticed most risk management focuses on government and/or insurance programs. Roots to Success - Managing Risk on the Farm Training Program. Using AgriShield, they are offering farmers and advisors risk management training through 2-day virtual and in-person sessions. The first sessions began in August, and we will continue until 2023. AgriResponse.ca - In response to COVID, we developed a website dedicated to helping farmers prepare for and work their way through emergency situations and contingency planning. The site includes an Ask the Expert feature, where we post responses in various media (video, written, etc.) and links to resources available. Heather touches on two of their most recent studies “Dollars & Sense” and “Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms.” These studies reveal the tremendous benefits of implementing farm business management practices, and the study also connects the dots on the dramatic impact that strong/poor business management practices can have on a farmer’s mental health. Heather and Tracy then review some of the new and exciting projects that are underway including; the Farm Financial Toolkit, Farm Transition Appreciation Day, Farm Management Manual. Are you a farmer that is continuously looking to improve their farm business? New to farm business management? This episode is excellent for any farmer, new or experienced, seeking a goldmine of farm management resources to help them hone their business acumen. We hope you enjoy the episode. …………………………. SHOW RESOURCES For more information about Farm Management Canada and their resources, please visit: Farm Management Canada - http://btfollow.com/.2zcs6 National Farm Business Management Resource Centre - http://btfollow.com/.2zcs7 Looking for a farm management conference? Check out AgEx 2020 event details here http://akrurl.com/.2zcs8 …………………………. Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Proven® Seeds Proven innovation. Proven performance. You want bigger, higher-quality yields plus profit. And Proven Seed delivers. http://btfollow.com/.2zcs0 ………………………….
57 minutes | a month ago
“The Naked Opus: Growing Your Family Wealth for the Long Term" w/Chris Delaney
The Naked Opus reveals a novel approach to estate planning— a more fulfilling, holistic, and purposeful way to pass your wealth onto your heirs and to ensure your wealth endures for generations to come. We could not think of a better book to feature as part of our fall book series on The Impact Farming Show. With millions, if not billions, of farm assets needing to be transferred to the next generation, this book is the conversation that agriculture needs to be having. In this episode: Chris shares his professional journey and how one day, after many years of successfully serving his clients he had a game-changing meeting with a client. What was this critical moment, you ask? It came one day after presenting a solid, technically based estate plan to a client that would save her hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. Chris was thrilled with the plan; however, he noticed that his client did not seem equally impressed. Chris asked her if there was something wrong with the plan, and she proceeded to tell him that while she was happy with the savings, the plan failed to account for her concerns on what this amount of wealth would do to the next generations. The problem? The estate plan was unable to account for the often-ignored "soft issues" of estate planning. His client wanted to create an estate plan where her wealth created a blessing and not a curse to the next generations. His client's feedback sent him on a mission. The result? Years of learning on how to create a more intentional and holistic estate plan. Word spread quickly, and Chris decided to write The Naked Opus, which shares a more holisitic way to plan, manage, and steward your wealth to the next generation. Tracy and Chris explore how farm business owners spend a lifetime accumulating assets and building wealth, not only to make a good life for themselves, but also to create a legacy for their family. They discuss why the estate planning process is so often inadequate to the task of helping farmers steward this wealth to the next generation. Traditional transition planning tends to focus on technical aspects, such as tax planning and trusts, leaving farm families feeling unsatisfying, even hollow, and frustrated. Instead of seeing transition planning as strictly transferring monetary wealth, Chris and his book introduce the four main components that should be factored into a successful transition plan; Financial capital, intellectual capital, social capital, and human capital. Intrigued? Chris and Tracy do a deep dive into their favorite lessons within the book, including the shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves phenomena and why this happens. The Naked Opus sets out to transform estate planning from a technical moment designed simply to transition assets, into a creative process that fosters stewardship and continues to generate wealth for future generations. Are you a farm founder? Are you looking to transition the farm to the next generation and need some guidance? If so, you will not want to miss today's episode... …………………………. Are you interested in learning more about the principles in The Naked Opus? Make sure to grab a copy of this book today or enter to win your copy. Get your copy of Chris's book today http://click2go.me/.2zcl6 or enter to win your copy. Exciting News: For the fall books series, we are giving away copies of books from each and every author that we interview. Sign up to become an Impact Farming Insider and be the first to receive notifications about new episodes. Insiders are also automatically entered to win all contests and giveaways. ENTER HERE TO WIN A COPY https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Every Family's Business w/Tom Deans
Every Family’s Business challenges the idea that successful family businesses must keep family issues and business issues separate. Tom believes this separation is impossible and that most family businesses are set up from the beginning to fail because they attempt it. Tom offers a compelling argument for why families should be clear about when they will sell the business and to whom. Families that are upfront and realistic about their goals for transitioning ownership of the company can avoid family conflict. In this episode, Tracy and Tom chat about: Tom shares his personal and professional experience in the family business arena and why he is so passionate about the subject. His family has an incredible story of how three generations have founded, operated, and sold their private and publicly traded companies for a combined value exceeding $100 million. We chat about how business owners and farmers look at their family farm incorrectly. We tend to look at it as our legacy or "our baby" when it should be viewed as a vehicle to create and transfer wealth to the next generation. We chat about how mindlessly passing the farm down from generation to generation plays into the shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves phenomena. Multi-generation farms generate a lot of pride and place a lot of pressure on farm children. Often farm children are pressured into staying on the farm when they would rather be doing anything else. Love the farm and want to stay? Tom has a unique standpoint on transferring the farm to the next generation and how it should be done. Tune in to find out more. …………………………. Make sure to grab a copy of Tom's book today http://vlt.me/.2zce7 or Enter to win your copy. Sign up to become an Impact Farming Insider. Why? First off, you will be the first to receive notifications about new episodes. Secondly, our Insiders are automatically entered to win all contests and giveaways. For the fall books series we are really stepping it up and we will be giving away copies of books from every author that we interview. ENTER HERE TO WIN A COPY https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up
44 minutes | 2 months ago
"Farming's In-Law Factor" w/ Elaine Froese
In this week’s episode, we speak to Elaine about her book, “Farming’s In-Law Factor.” What is the one thing that every farm family wants? It is simple; everyone wants harmony; however, it is not always the reality that we see on many farms. Unresolved in-law tensions can create chaos and split the farm. Elaine says that it is time to take the bull by the horns and solve the people conflicts on your farm. Are you a daughter in-law, mother in-law, father in-law or son in-law? If so, you will not want to miss this episode. I promise you. In this episode, Tracy and Elaine chat about: Elaine has spent the last forty years as a certified Farm Family Coach. Over those years, she has been coaching families through transition, conflict, and some of the hardest things in life. Throughout each of her experiences, she has been striving to help farm families to create more harmony. Tracy asks Elaine, “Why this book?” Hint….there is a lot of conflict with daughter-in-laws. She has sat at many farm tables and learned many lessons from these conversations. The wisdom gained has been included in the pages of this book. Not a daughter in-law? Not a problem. This book has been written for the whole farm family, and there is a section for every role on the farm. The book is packed with helpful hints on what the daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and son-in-law need in order to be successful in their relationships and on the farm. Tracy and Elaine explore some of her favorite lessons from the book. This book has changed so many lives, and she shares just a few of the fantastic feedback that she has received from readers, including #iamthebrownegg. Your book saved my life. Chapter 10 helped us to decide to move on because things are never going to change and much more. In true Elaine style, there is a tool kit in Chapter 9 that you can use to immediately find out what is working and what is not working for your farm business partners, who also happen to be family. Finally, Elaine shares her mission in writing this book and what she would like readers to take away. You are not along in muddling through the people issues that threaten to undermine your hard work and family business. Elaine’s book is the tool you need today to help you get more harmony on your farm. …………………………. Make sure to grab a copy of Elaine's book today http://clforward.com/.2zc76 or Enter to win your copy. Sign up to become an Impact Farming Insider. Why? First off, you will be the first to receive notifications about new episodes. Secondly, our Insiders are automatically entered to win all contests and giveaways. For the fall books series we are really stepping it up and we will be giving away copies of books from every author that we interview. ENTER HERE TO WIN A COPY https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Focus On The 90% w/Darci Lang
Darci Lang is an inspirational speaker, an award-winning entrepreneur, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Hall of Fame recipient, a best-selling author, a wife, and a mom, and author of several books. At a time when it’s so easy to focus on all the negative happening in the World, we are thrilled to have Darci joining us to speak about her book and the tools that she offers her audience through her body of work. In this episode, Tracy and Darci chat about: Her background and why she wrote her book “Focus on the 90%,” and its sequel. She tells us about the book and how “Focus on the 90%” is a message about how our daily choices and perspectives can change our circumstances by focusing on the good in our lives. She walks us through the three areas in life and how we can apply the 90% rule. She shares real-life examples of how you can use this life-changing philosophy in your life. We chat about how two people can be in near-identical situations; however, both have a different outlook and attitude on their life’s situation. Darci and Tracy delve into why that is. Darci shares her favorite lessons and implementation ideas from the book and how they have impacted her life. Designed as “one simple tool to change the way you view your life,” Focus on the 90% is a message about how our daily choices and perspectives can change our circumstances by focusing on the good in our lives. In the words of one reader… “Great book, more people should read it. It helps you think about what is really important in your life and what you need to disregard.” Are you looking to live your best life? If so, you can pick up a copy of Darci’s book here http://btfollow.com/.2zbzd We will also be giving out several sets of Darci’s books, so make sure to sign up now to become an Impact Insider, and you will be automatically entered in show contests. https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up
61 minutes | 2 months ago
“Building Effective Farm Management Systems.” w/Dick Wittman
Many struggling farmers are quick to blame government interference, low prices, uncooperative lenders, foreign subsidies or greedy and indiscreet neighbors for all their problems. Much of the blame in their failure to achieve full potential rests with their management system and practices. In fact, improved performance, teamwork, and quality of life is easily attainable if one develops a clear vision of how to incorporate improved management practices and invest in the effort to change. Dick and Tracy discuss this loaded topic, Dick’s passion for helping farmers succeed, and why he created the guidebook. In this episode, • Dick shares his background, and the experience gleaned from delivering over 30 years of his seminars on “Managing Business Relationships and Transitions on Family Farms.” • Tracy asks Dick to share more about his guidebook, who it is meant for, and what subject materials are covers. Spoiler alert…it covers so many topics including; farm culture, planning, job description templates, compensation summaries, how to create farm procedures, communication, management systems, building effective farm relationships, and so much more. It is an operating manual for developing an effective farm business. (As we all know, effectively run companies make more money and have happier team members) • Why a guidebook? He confides his frustration on how countless books, media articles, and speakers help raise awareness regarding problems related to family farms; however, his goal in developing the guidebook is not to simply discuss issues but to equip family farm businesses to implement solutions. • Every farmer knows that time is money, so, Tracy asks the million-dollar question on every skeptical farmer's mind when it comes to implementing farm business practices….”How will this improve my farming operation?” “What is the return that I will see from learning and implementing tried, tested, and true farm management systems?” Are you trying to improve your farm business management? Are you looking for a ready to go toolkit that will offer commercial-sized family farm businesses with proven strategies for managing people, promoting teamwork, and assuring successful transition of the farm? Transition planning on the horizon? If so, you will not want to miss this week’s episode. You can purchase the guidebook by visiting their website - http://click2go.me/.2zbp9 We will also be giving out a guidebook to one lucky listener, so SIGN UP now to become an Impact Insider, and you will automatically be entered in show contests. https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Smart Nutrition™ http://btfollow.com/.2zbpa Boost your soil’s performance with new Smart Nutrition MAP+MST.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
Food Bullying: How to Avoid Buying B.S. w/ Michele Payn
Food has become a battleground where marketing labels and misinformation is used to bully and demonize people around their eating choices. Michele asks, “What if you could stop stressing about what other people think and make eating decisions based on your standards?” Her book offers an eye-opening look at the misrepresentation of food. It sheds light on bogus nutrition and environmental claims to help you recognize bullies and defend your food choices. In today’s show, Tracy and Michele discuss precisely that. They discuss how food has become a battleground, and they explore several compelling and hot topics around food bullying. In this episode, • Michele shares her background and why she is so passionate about the food conversation. • She shares her why behind writing this book and reveals the concept of bull speak to our audience. • Tracy asks Michele about the significant players and victims of food bullying. The discuss the hierarchy of food needs and the motivators behind food bullying. • Michele encourages each one of us to build our own food story and set our own food standards. Never heard of food standards before? We have you covered. Michele explains the four areas laid out in the book, and she shares her food standards to get the audience thinking. • Michele explains the neuromarketing tactics used to generate $5.75 trillion in food sales. • Last but not least, Tracy asks Michele how farmers can stand up to food bullies and make a difference. Are you fed up with all the food bullying and false labeling and marketing that happens in our food system? If so, you will not want to miss Tracy’s conversation with Michele. If this conversation is one that you are extra passionate about, we encourage you to purchase Michele’s book. It gives words to many of the thoughts, feelings, and frustration that many farmers are currently feeling with this ever-increasing food bullying culture. You can purchase her book by visiting her website http://click2go.me/.2zbfw We will also be giving out a few copies of Michele’s book this month, so sign up now to become an Impact Insider, and you will automatically be entered in show contests. https://www.farmmarketer.com/impact_farming_show/sign-up Thank You to our Show Sponsor: Proven® Seed http://trkit.win/.2zbfz
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer! w/Jolene Brown
For the launch of Season Three, we are excited to be launching our first-ever Impact Farming Book Series. In this series, we will be shining a spotlight on noteworthy North American authors that have written books to IMPACT the lives and businesses of farmers. We hope you enjoy the series starting with today’s premiere episode. In this week’s episode, “Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer,” we are speaking to Jolene Brown about her book aptly titled “Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer.” This is our first book featured in our Impact Farming book series. Many of us know Jolene from her work as a family business consultant and speaker. She's helped hundreds of farm and ranch families fix, grow or transition their business. Her keen insight, tested management and leadership tools, and result-centered approach has her known as "The Dr. Phil of Agriculture." But today, we're going to explore another passion of Jolene's, celebrating the Women of Agriculture through her book “Holy Crap I Married a Farmer.” In this episode, Jolene discusses her journey and her “why” behind writing the book. She shares some of the lessons and humorous antidotes shared within the pages. Jolene shares the feedback that she has received from readers and some of the heart warming and heart-stopping stories that she has heard from women that have been impacted by the book and sense of community that it has fostered. Tracy and Jolene transition the conversation from light-hearted farm bloopers to a more severe note where Jolene shares her deep concern for women in agriculture. Please tune in to hear why now more than ever, Jolene is encouraging women to find "neighbors" and check in on them. Did you marry a farmer? If so, you will not want to miss this episode. Want to learn more about Jolene’s book and order your very own copy? If so, please visit https://jolenebrown.com/shop/
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Season 2 Countdown - 1st Place - Telling Your Farm's Story w/ The MN Millennial Farmer
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the highest listened to and watched episode, with over 23,000 views/podcast downloads, our 1st place episode is none other than "Telling Your Farm's Story" w/ Zach Johnson, The Millennial Farmer. This episode was originally aired on February 26, 2020. Our audience loved this episode when we first aired it, and we know you will love it again today. Sit back, put your earbuds in and prepare to be informed in an entertaining way, either for the first time, or all over again. In this week’s episode, Tracy speaks with Zach Johnson The MN Millennial Farmer about “Telling Your Farm’s Story.” Known to his 300,000+ followers on YouTube as the “Millennial Farmer,” Zach is a 5th-generation farmer who’s spent his life growing, working, and learning on his family’s farm. Join Tracy and Zach as they speak about all things farming and agvocating. They chat about #Harvest19, flat corn and then really dive into agvocating, and why he decided to start his YouTube channel. In traditional Zach style, you will be entertained, informed, and encouraged as Zach shares that contrary to our current beliefs, consumers do trust farmers. They trust us, and they want to hear our farm’s story so that they can better understand what we do and why we do it. Don’t miss this great episode.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Season 2 Countdown - 2nd Place - A New Frontier For Grain Marketing w/Mike Witkowicz
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the 2nd highest listened to and watched episode, which was "A New Frontier For Grain Marketing" w/Mike Witkowicz This episode was originally aired on January 1, 2020, marking this as our first episode of the New Year! Little did we all know what 2020 was about to bring us. A year of uncertainty... a Worldwide pandemic and global closures. Now more than ever, we need to hear Mike’s message about proactively marketing our grain for maximum profit. ................................................ In today’s episode, we speak to Mike from the Ag Exchange Group about “A New Frontier For Grain Marketing.” As farmers, we focus a lot of time and money on producing better crops to increase our yields. Rightfully so, as better crops and increased yields, tend to lead to increased farm revenues. This is every farmer’s end goal, isn’t it? Mike joins us today to share his thoughts on how farmers can maximize their crop production revenues. He believes that we are entering a new frontier for grain marketing and that by focusing on the marketing of our production, we are entering into what he calls the blue ocean strategy. This is where their online grain marketplace, CXN360, comes in. Short for Commodity eXchange Network, CXN360 connects sellers with buyers. The goal of their platform is to give farmers more connections to buyers, which means more choice, more control, and ideally more revenue. Mike posed the question, “In an increasingly competitive marketplace, where farmers are incredibly busy, how do you efficiently and effectively reach new buyers? Join us as Tracy and Mike chat about the history of grain marketing, how producers are currently marketing their production, and buckle your seat belts as we take a deep dive into what Mike believes is the new frontier for grain marketing. Did you enjoy the episode? Let us know what you think. Please leave us a message in the comments or email us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Season 2 Countdown - 3rd Place - Is Stress Really A Choice: Our conversation with Louise Sanders
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the 3rd highest listened to and watched episode, which was "Is Stress Really A Choice" our conversation with Louise Sanders. This episode was originally aired on December 11, 2019, at a time when so many farmers were struggling both financially and emotionally. A tough year of harvest put a huge strain on the mental health of a lot of farmers. Louise is a speaker, a trainer, and a stress consultant with The Stress Experts, a business that she created to help people conquer stress. As we all know, 2019 has been a tremendously tough farming year for many farmers, causing a lot of...you guessed it...stress. Our goal here on The Impact Farming Show is to bring our audience the people and ideas that will IMPACT their farming operation, and we could not think of a more impactful topic than stress. I think most farmers can agree that farming is stressful. Not only are there seasonal periods of intense stress levels, but farmers also tend to face year around stressors, including; weather, pests/disease concerns, market fluctuations, politics, policy changes, and activism. We can then move into a whole host of financial management related matters, including cash flow, interest rates, and so on. If you have ever found yourself feeling stressed, you will not want to miss this episode where Tracy and Louise explore what stress is, what causes stress, and how we can "simply" choose not to become stressed. Everything that you thought you knew about stress might just be tossed out the combine window in this episode. Intrigued? Don't miss this timely and important interview.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Season 2 Countdown – 4th Place – Part #3 – The Power of an Advisor
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the 4th highest listened to and watched episode, which was "Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times" w/Dave Reimann. This 3 part episode was originally aired on March 18, 2019. This was only a few days after WHO (World Health Organization) declared COVID-19 as a World-wide pandemic. Shortly after this episode aired, the world went into lock-down and uncertain times lay ahead. Part #3 – The Power of an Advisor Here is what you’ll learn in this segment: Learning the basics of grain marketing takes time and energy. Cargill answered this need with MarketSense, a customizable program dedicated to helping farmers succeed at grain marketing. Hear Dave share more about why Cargill launched the program and the mission it aims to serve. They review some of the most common marketing terms. Dave wraps this segment up with some poignant words of wisdom for farmers in respect to marketing their grain. Don’t miss this sage advice. Don’t forget to watch part #1 - "Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times" and part #2 - "Overcoming Fear to Make Better Decisions.
15 minutes | 4 months ago
Season 2 Countdown – 4th Place – Part #1 – Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times.
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the 4th highest listened to and watched episode, which was "Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times" w/Dave Reimann. This 3 part episode was originally aired on March 18, 2019. This was only a few days after WHO (World Health Organization) declared COVID-19 as a World-wide pandemic. Shortly after this episode aired, the world went into lock-down and uncertain times lay ahead. Part #1 – Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times Here is what you’ll learn in this segment: Dave walks us through what is happening in the world and how these variables are wreaking havoc on the markets. They chat about each of the main commodities — canola, barley, wheat, corn, and soybeans — and Dave shares his thoughts on where we are at and why. Tracy asks Dave to put his wizard cap on and share what’s in store for farmers in 2020 and 2021. His answer is the exact reason why farmers need to create a grain marketing plan. Don’t forget to watch part #2 - "Overcoming Fear to Make Better Decisions" and part #3 - "The Power of an Advisor".
9 minutes | 4 months ago
Season 2 Countdown – 4th Place – Part #2 – Overcoming Fear to Make Better Decisions
In celebration of The Impact Farming Show's 2nd Anniversary, we are counting down and rebroadcasting the TOP 4 episodes from season two. This week we are excited to bring you the 4th highest listened to and watched episode, which was "Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times" w/Dave Reimann. This 3 part episode was originally aired on March 18, 2019. This was only a few days after WHO (World Health Organization) declared COVID-19 as a World-wide pandemic. Shortly after this episode aired, the world went into lock-down and uncertain times lay ahead. Part #2 – Overcoming Fear to Make Better Decisions Here is what you’ll learn in this segment: How are you marketing grain on your farming operation? Tracy and Dave review how the majority of farmers are currently selling their grain. Tracy asks, are they proactively selling or just picking up the phone the day they need to sell grain in order to free up bin space or to generate revenue to pay upcoming bills? His answer may or may not surprise you. With increasingly narrowing margins, learning how to market your grain should no longer be an optional activity on your farm. The growers with the sharpest pencils, and highest crop revenues, all have a strong grain marketing plan in place at all times. They discuss some of the physical and mental hurdles that farmers deal with when it comes to making the decision to proactively market their grain. Don’t forget to watch part 1 - "Grain Marketing in Uncertain Times and #3 - "The Power of an Advisor".
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Ag Data Transparency w/AgExpert"
As part of this conversation, we will be exploring the following three key areas: • The benefits of technology in agriculture and the tremendous benefits of digitizing your farm. • The power of a specialized farm accounting software and what this invaluable tool can do for your bottom line and peace of mind. • The ins and outs about data transparency in agriculture and how industry leaders are educating and helping farmers protect and be aware of how their data is or isn’t being used. Our audience hears me say this all the time, the goal with this show is to bring our audience the people and ideas that will IMPACT your farming operation. We are excited about this week’s conversation as we are confident there are some great ideas shared in this episode that will IMPACT your farm. We are excited for you to join us for this week’s episode!
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