Top Producer: April 2019 Issue

April 9, 2019 01:41 AM
Enjoy the stories featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Top Producer.

Below are the stories featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Top Producer. Have a story idea for Top Producer? Email Editor Sara Schafer at 

The Success Secret
By Sara Schafer
How do you win under pressure, reduce mistakes, overcome obstacles and seize smart opportunities in your business? 

9 Ag Statistics to Know in 2019
By Sara Schafer
USDA looked into its crystal ball this week and released its first round of numbers for many key forecasts for agriculture in 2019 and beyond.

Book Review: Insights from An Underappreciated Leader
By John Phipps
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War hero and two-term president, presents biographers with a formidable challenge—false records and a path well-worn by previous chroniclers. 

Are You With the Right Lender?
By Anna-Lisa Laca
Is your lender the right partner for your operation? While some farmers treat their lenders as a means to an end, top operators know their lender is and should be considered an ally to their business’ success.

Tax Action Steps to Consider Now
By Paul Neiffer
Do you know your deferred tax number? Learn why it matters and find a few other action steps to take with your tax planning.

Iowa Farmer Blazes Trails in Field and Out
By Sara Schafer
“If she wants to farm, then we will make it work.” Those few words spoken in 1985 by Bert Hemmes to his granddaughter, April Hemmes, framed a pivotal moment for an ambitious young lady and still echo across a century-old Iowa farm.

One-On-One With AgriGold’s John Kermicle
By Sara Schafer
Meet and Illinois farm boy who know leads the vision and direction of the AgriGold seed brand.

Tame the Energy Hogs on Your Farm
By Sara Schafer
A major and often-overlooked overhead cost on the farm is utilities. With simple upgrades, you can dramatically reduce your energy usage and bills.

7 Ways To Make Your Money Grow
By Chris Barron
What specific things are you doing to make your money grow this spring? While you are in the field, keep your mind focused on seven key activities for your business. 

5 Lessons Farmers Can Learn From Google
By Anna-Lisa Laca
During a time in agriculture where change is around every corner, farmers can learn some vital lessons from the global company.

Close The Gap With Strategic Planning
By Sara Schafer
If you view a strategic plan as a one-time project, it isn’t worth your time. But, if you make it a simple and living document and process, it can create new opportunities and added revenue for your farm. 

How Three Farmers Are Finding Profitability This Year
By Anna-Lisa Laca
As farmers prepare to face another financially tough growing season, most are looking for ways to boost profitability. Learn how these three producers are adding value, becoming more efficient, being creative and cutting costs on their farms. 

Trade Deal or No Deal
By Jerry Gulke
What agricultural goods could be imported by China to make a dent in the damage done to U.S. agriculture?

Time For A New Insurance Company
By John Phipps
What is seldom spoken, but not denied, is Farm Bureau membership is mandatory to buy their insurance.


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