Top Tips from the 2015 Top Producer Seminar

February 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Top Tips from the 2015 Top Producer Seminar

Today’s farmers are facing turbulent times and tough commodity markets. This challenging environment demands strong farm management skills, innovative ideas and a renewed focus on your business compass. 

The more than 720 farmers from 28 states who attended the 2015 Top Producer Seminar left Chicago with many ideas to ponder. More than 30 different educational sessions allowed producers to hone their money, marketing and management skills and deal with today’s volatile farm economy.

Power Hour Noon LogoRead the stories below for experts’ insights, as well as tips on how to make your farming operation stable and profitable in 2015.

Global Economy Enters ‘Uncharted’ Territory

Learn about possible impacts to the rural economy spurred by $3 corn and other factors, says Mark Jensen of Farm Credit Services of America at the 2015 Top Producer Seminar.


Farmland Values in Correction Mode

A manageable, five-year adjustment is ahead for farmland values, says Mike Walsten, LandOwner editor. Here’s why.


5 Ways to Think Beyond Now and Prepare for the Future

The world is changing, as is agriculture. Here's a long-range and innovative look at the future of agriculture.


Why More Producers Will Become Hedgers

Dave Fogel of Advance Trading explains why hedging is the future for crop marketing.


Overcome the Psychology of Lower Prices

Don’t let lower grain prices paralyze your marketing plan. Mark Gold, president of Top Third Ag Marketing, provides tips on how to manage risk.


Tips to Better Communicate with Your Lender

Although borrowing money may come easier than in past years, don't underestimate the importance of being proactive in your farm’s finances.


Five Keys to Farm Business Success

Roric Paulman of Nebraska, a 2015 Top Producer of the Year finalist, shares insights into achieving business excellence.


In Case You Missed Them…

Here are a few other stories to read from Top Producer Seminar:

Machinery Pete: An Attention-Grabbing Machinery Market

In 25 years of tracking used equipment trends, the past six months have been the most interesting.


Corn Market Holds Up ‘Fairly Well’

Analysts share their outlook for corn prices in the weeks ahead during the 2015 Top Producer Seminar in Chicago.


A Conversation with Howard G. Buffett

Top Producer Seminar attendees hear Howard G. Buffett’s views on farming, immigration and hunger.


Estate Step-Up in Basis in Jeopardy

A manageable, five-year adjustment is ahead for farmland values, says Mike Walsten, LandOwner editor. Here’s why.


Meet the 2015 Top Producer of the Year and Finalists

The 2015 Top Producer of the Year: Peterson Farms


Stan Boshart and SJB Farms, Tangent, Ore.

Paulman FarmsSutherland, Neb.


To read more news and find additional information on the Top Producer Seminar or Tomorrow’s Top Producer events, visit


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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