- Everybody starts from zero. (63 sec)
- Never give up. (95 sec)
- Do whatever it takes. (33 sec)
- Teamwork is the key to success. (19 sec)
- Take good care of your employees. (36 sec)
- Farming is a business. (28 sec)
- Keep an eye on the future. (27 sec)
If ‘agripreneur' were listed in the dictionary, the definition would read like a page out of Chad Olsen's biography. Chad is an extraordinary agribusiness owner, and an aspiring agripreneur would be hard pressed to find a better mentor.
Chad and his wife Pam own Olsen Custom Farms, LLC. They custom harvest from Texas to Alberta, have a cattle/grain operation in Southwest Minnesota and they rent a convoy of combines. Chad started out, right after high school, with 16 cows in a rented barn. (More on Chad's story.)
He has clearly defined his objectives, does not quit in the face of adversity and respects the contribution of others. In a recent visit, he shared a few keys to his continuing success:
If the keys to succession and creating a lasting legacy are a solid business plan, supported by good leadership and clearly defined objectives, Chad and Pam are well on their way. You can follow them through the harvest season at www.olsencustomfarms.com.