Top Producer March/April 2020
Top Producer March/April 2020

Read the March/April issue of Top Producer!

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Just Like a Banana, Gratitude Doesn’t Age Well

To inspire your team, find the time to acknowledge their work, contributions and achievements. This is especially true during a crisis. Your farm is facing unprecedented turmoil. The coronavirus
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Book Review: The Resurgence of Nationalism

Historian Jill Lepore has managed the nearly impossible for social scientists – captured in a remarkably concise book the logic and background needed to help any reader better grasp the resurgence of
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How to Lead Your Farm in Uncertain Times

Step up, overcommunicate and solve problems The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted just about every facet of daily life. It’s caused market volatility, fear, uncertainty and fatigue for you and your

Paul Neiffer: What You Need to Know About CARES

The ink from President Trump’s pen in signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is less than 24 hours old. One of my favorite sayings about any new tax law is “We have the
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Take Credit for Sustainability with ESG Reporting

Building trust in food begins with empowering farmers through one of the largest and most diverse conservation- and sustainability-focused public-private partnerships in our nation’s history: America
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Teamwork Drives Belstra Milling Forward

At Belstra Milling, Nick DeKryger cultivates a younger and strengths-based team By JoAnn Alumbaugh and Sara Schafer Instead of standing on its 66-year-old laurels, Belstra Milling Company is focused
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Your Farm Needs a Continuity Plan

Your business is vulnerable. Accidents, natural disasters or a rapid retirement of a long-time employee could cause your farm to come to a screeching halt. How can you mitigate those risks? “Strategic
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Take A Look in the Leadership Mirror

A 360-degree assessment can amplify your success as a CEO You can’t manage what you don’t measure. In that same vein, you can’t improve your leadership skills if you don’t know your flaws. To gain

Balance Your Farm's Equipment and Manpower

Move the needle on machine ROI with sharp analysis Your job is to find that perfect balance between excess and enough. You need the right lineup of machinery to capitalize on fieldwork windows but not
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Your Job Interview Checklist

Follow a thorough process to hire great people With unemployment skyrocketing due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might have the chance to add some new team members. Don’t miss this opportunity
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How to Calculate Your Sustainable Growth Rate

Remove emotion and focus on facts during expansion decisions Business growth of any kind offers risk and rewards. Perhaps you’d like to expand your team and bring a child back to the farm. Or, you
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Why You Should Keep A Decision Journal

Record, analyze and revisit how you evaluate opportunities “Best cash sale I’ve ever made farming.” Maggie Holub wrote those few words on June 14, 2019, in her grain marketing Excel journal. “The Crop
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Four Ways Conservation Pays

Building trust in food begins with empowering farmers through one of the largest and most diverse conservation- and sustainability-focused public-private partnerships in our nation’s history: America
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Jerry Gulke: Focus on Survival

The coronavirus has given “big data” a meaning beyond what anyone envisioned just five months ago. The early, wild projections approaching logarithmic stature have since been revised as more data

John Phipps: The Rise of Agrinationalism

“Patriotism”, Samuel Johnson famously observed, “is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Recent economic events would suggest we should add “and the uncompetitive.” That said, it is unfair to equate