Make Yourself a Farmer of Choice

January 26, 2011 01:23 AM

Tomorrows Top Producer Logo FINALYou may be the best farmer to do business with in your area, but do others know that? Bret Oelke, University of Minnesota Extension educator, says how you position yourself as a farmer will determine your success with buyers and suppliers. 

“As a progressive ag business, you need a mission statement,” he says. “You need to have personal and professional missions, visions and goals.”
Oelke says you need to create a positioning statement for your farm or operation, which is a precursor to branding that will allow you to emphasize how you will interact with the businesses that you will negotiate with.
Ask yourself:
  • What do we do best?
  • What is our target customer?
  • What needs do we fulfill for them?
  • Who is our competition?
  • What makes us different from them?
“You need to know what sets you apart from your competitors,” he says. “Your competition is anyone that farms around you.”
Once you create your positing statement, Oelke says, you should memorize it and use it when negotiating input costs, lending rates and rental agreements.
Oelke spoke at the 2011 Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference in Chicago, Ill.

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Spell Check

1/26/2011 07:34 AM

  Since when do we consider our neighbors and friends in our communities competion? The last thing we need are educated idiots telling us how to be better businessmen than farmers. So we can make a neighboring farmer an enemy over the greed of money and slowly erode the one last place in society that still has morals, ethics and values.


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