Five Keys to Farm Business Success

January 21, 2015 01:42 PM
Five Keys to Farm Business Success

Nebraska producer Roric Paulman is no stranger to challenges. As a farmer in the water-scarce southwest corner of the state, the 2015 Top Producer of the Year finalist has made it a point to remain proactive. He has invested in irrigation and sustainable approaches to water use, even participating on the Nebraska governor’s Water Sustainability Taskforce.

During a presentation Wednesday,  Paulman shared how his operation has grown to include 5,000 acres featuring corn, yellow popcorn, a variety of specialty beans and more:

  • Team Approach: Surround yourself with smart people, including invested employees, experts such as CPAs and equipment specialists and more.
  • Challenge the Norm: Paulman Farms grows crops for which it sees market demand. Regional soil and water needs also dictate which crops can be planted back to back.
  • Combine Technology and Innovation: Identify opportunities to partner on research, and become an early adopter of new technology that might improve your bottom line.
  • Diversification: Make a profit and sell, Paulman advises. Look for market opportunities with crops that are sealed with the highest possible quality.
  • Risk Management: Paulman’s farm  is located square in the middle of a major hail belt. Plan carefully and market strategically to mitigate risk.

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Thank you to the 2015 Top Producer Seminar sponsors:

Premier Sponsors: Advance Trading, Apache Sprayers, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Cargill, Case IH, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, ESN, Farmers Business Network, Firestone, John Deere, New Holland, Top Third Ag Marketing, Verdesian

Co-Sponsors: CliftonLarsonAllen, Conservis, The Gulke Group, K-Coe Isom, Soybean Premiums, Wyffels Hybrids

Supporting Sponsors: FarmLink

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