Moe Russell

Articles By Moe Russell

Oct 08, 2018

Moe Russell: 7 Warning Signs of Stagnation

The crop we’re harvesting has the potential to be the fifth-consecutive largest on record in the U.S. No one thought we could produce three record crops in a row much less five. One of the factors to producing record crops even with too much rain in some areas and too

Mar 18, 2017

The Bottom Line: Why More Variable Costs is Good

The past three years have been tough. While expenses have come down some, it hasn’t been at the pace of grain prices.

Feb 11, 2017

The Bottom Line: Actively Manage Your Third-Party Risks

It started as a handshake. One of our customers, a cattleman, hired someone to background his cattle on the strength of a handshake.

Feb 08, 2017

6 Ways to Limit Third-Party Risks

The following are some areas where third-party risk might be lurking on your operation and suggestions on ways to manage it.

Dec 13, 2016

The Need for a Public Relations Plan

The genesis of my interest in public relations plans for farmers came when we built our first 7,200-head wean-to-finish hog building.

Sep 22, 2016

The Bottom Line: Team Up, Save Money

There are many potential advantages of collaborative farm business models, all intended to capture economies of scale, reduce costs, improve asset utilization, access greater management and technical expertise, or obtain market access.

Sep 26, 2015

The Bottom Line: Pay Now or Face the Consequences

This summer, I did a feasibility analysis for a client on installing additional drain tile, drainage water management structures and a subirrigation system. I thought it would be useful to share my analysis because I was pleasantly surprised by the value of such drainage practices—in real dollars and sustainability.

Jan 03, 2015

Listen Up Young Farmers

As one of the four major drivers of change, the aging farmer demographic offers numerous opportunities for young farmers.

Jan 03, 2015

The Bottom Line: Listen Up Young Farmers

As one of the four major drivers of change, the aging farmer demographic offers numerous opportunities for young farmers.