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This month's cover story:

Shear Courage

Mike Harper doesn’t mince words about the challenge of feeding lambs, but he's managed to control costs and build a market.

 

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2015 Top Producer Seminar

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Mature Into Ownership

By Nate Birt
  • Build Bridges Between Generations

    3/13/2015 12:00:00 PM
    Experts share how young farmers can assume leadership roles
  • Help to Weather Turbulent Times 3/9/2015 12:00:00 PM
    Experts share how farms can advance with caution during the 2015 Top Producer Seminar.
  • Gulke: Farmers Must Evaluate Their Cost of Living 3/5/2015 12:10:00 PM
    Producers must consider farm costs as well as family costs in order to accurately gauge their financial health, notes Jerry Gulke, president, The Gulke Group.
  • A Conversation With Howard G. Buffett 2/25/2015 2:47:00 AM
    Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett joined Farm Journal Editor Charlene Finck on stage at the Top Producer Seminar in Chicago for a question and answer session.
  • Calculated Growth 2/25/2015 2:37:00 AM
    Intense analytical skills and a strong team allow young farmer to thrive
  • Gulke: Don't Blame President Obama 2/12/2015 12:00:00 PM
    The American economy remains robust in spite of changes in presidential administrations, argues Jerry Gulke, farmer and president of The Gulke Group.
  • 7 Good Business Habits for Young Farmers 2/3/2015 12:00:00 PM
    This is the year to fine-tune your farm. With profits looking harder to make for grain producers, little changes can equal big results.
  • Slash Your Family’s Clash 1/29/2015 6:36:00 AM
    While conflict is normal in any family business, it should not go untreated. Here's how to make conflict have positive outcomes.
  • Complete Coverage of 2015 Top Producer Seminar 1/22/2015 4:00:00 PM
    Hear advice from the best in the business from this year's Top Producer Seminar and Tomorrow's Top Producer conference.

Top Producer Executive Network


Learn more about Farm Journal's Top Producer Executive Network, the first national peer-to-peer network for top farmers.

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Legacy Project

  • June 30 Why Do We Have Legacy Workshops

    6/30/2015 6:00:00 AM
    Johnne Syverson with Transition Point Advisors talks with FJ Radio about FJ Legacy Meetings and why they are so important to farmers.
  • Keeping Your Farm, Family Together--How You Can Beat the Odds 6/26/2015 6:55:00 AM
    Fact: 90% of family farms will fail before they reach the third generation. While this seems like unbeatable odds, with good planning and preparation, farmers can become part of the coveted 10% who stick together.
  • Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land 6/26/2015 2:54:00 AM
    If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
  • Odds Say Your Farm Will Fail. Here's How to Prove Them Wrong 6/23/2015 7:10:00 AM
    Statistics say 90% of family farms won't last three or more generations. Here's steps you can take to help ensure the future of your farm and keep your family business running generation after generation.
  • Will Your Farm Make It to the Third Generation? Odds Say No 6/19/2015 6:58:00 AM
    Here’s a staggering fact: Families fail to keep their families and fortunes together for three or more generations 90% of the time. Don't let your farm become that statistic. Get started on your succession plan today!
  • Don't Risk the Future of Your Farm 6/17/2015 9:39:00 AM
    Your farm’s succession plan is important, but it is hard to make it urgent. You can do just that by attending a Farm Journal Legacy Project Workshop on July 6 in Loveland, Colo.
  • Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land 4/25/2015 2:54:00 AM
    If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
  • 7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire 3/21/2015 2:59:00 AM
    How to build a collaborative and qualified succession planning team
  • Last Day to Enter the Legacy Project Book Giveaway 3/10/2015 11:10:00 AM
    Farm Journal is excited to provide a set of five books listed below to two lucky readers. Enter today!

Top Secrets

  • Crop Swap: Biggest Acre Jumps in 2015

    7/6/2015 12:00:00 PM
    Nothing is constant but change, and USDA’s latest acreage reports served as a not-so-subtle reminder of that. Here are the states that saw the biggest “crop swaps” this year.
  • Drones: Start Small To Build Big Confidence 7/6/2015 10:20:00 AM
    Practice makes perfect – and inexpensive practice can prove quite valuable when investing in new technology that could cost thousands of dollars.
  • The Curious Case of Yellow Soybeans 7/6/2015 9:50:00 AM
    It might not be just a nitrogen problem. Learn what other nutrient deficiencies can affect your soybean crop this year.
  • Commodity Bulls Bellow At Price Potential 7/3/2015 12:00:00 PM
    Wheat and rice could go higher as Canada, Australia and other crop-growing regions dry out.
  • U.S. Formally Reestablishes Relations with Cuba 7/1/2015 4:54:00 PM
    President Barack Obama announced July 1 that the U.S. is formally reestablishing relations with Cuba, starting with the reopening of embassies as early as July 20.
  • 3 Reasons This is No 'Great Flood' of 1993 7/1/2015 12:00:00 PM
    Recent rampant rainfall has left farmers and others thinking about the Great Flood of 1993 and wondering – is this another case of history repeating itself?
  • Attend a Legacy Project Workshop Next Week 6/30/2015 12:11:00 PM
    Your farm’s succession plan is important, but it is hard to make it urgent. Do just that by attending a Farm Journal Legacy Project Workshop next month.
  • Prepare Your Farm For Mergers, Acquisitions 6/30/2015 12:00:00 PM
    A two-day conference in early July in Kansas City will give top producers the skill set needed to evaluate growth potential and engage in new business ventures.
  • Farming In Space, Made Easy 6/30/2015 10:38:00 AM
    Greenhouses on the moon or Mars? We might be closer than you think.

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