FTC Episode 215: Here’s a Way to Attract and Retain Your Workforce
Many farms and small towns are looking for ways to retain and attract the next generation of farm and small business owners and a workforce that can keep rural and agricultural communities alive. But how do you make that happen? Here’s a way some towns and cities are doing just that and you could r…
FTC Episode 214: Rising Interest Rates & Input Costs – Decision Making for Best Profit Margins
The Fed raised interest rates again this week. Input prices remain historically high. How should farmers evaluate what and when to make purchases? How can we make decisions that will result in the best profit margins? Here’s what one farmer is doing in one of agriculture’s more difficult places to …
FTC Episode 213: Using Cover Crops in a Grazing System/Seed Selection Update
We hear plenty about cover crops these days, but could you use them in conjunction with a cow/calf or stocker cattle operation? Christopher Hudson is taking advantage of the opportunities he see with cover crops, both for his farm fields and his grazing ground. Plus we look ahead to selecting seed …
FTC Episode 212: Drones for Dummies/Organic vs. Conventional, Opportunities & Challenges
I’m back from a trip to Indiana and Becknology Days – a premiere field day with a lot for all farmers to see, do and learn. One of the most popular tour stops was Jim Love and his variety of drones. I call the segment Drones for Dummies because Jim takes his expert knowledge to help those of us tha…
FTC Episode 211: Willie Cowan’s Cowboy Life – How’s It’s Changed & What Endures
You’re going to enjoy Willie Cowan. He’s lived most of his life around Ft.Pierre, South Dakota. He began his career at Ft. Pierre livestock in the early 1960s and in those years he’s traveled to many, many ranches and now works with the third and fourth generations of cattle producers. You’ll be in…
FTC Episode 210: Are We Reliving Farming’s Boom and Bust of the 70s and 80s?
Steve Pitstick not only farms in northern Illinois, but has served on many state and national commodity boards during his career in agriculture. We talk about the current farm economy and whether we are beginning to relive farming’s boom and bust of the 1970s and 80s. Plus we discuss the lucrative …
FTC Episode 209: How will the Inflation Reduction Act Impact Agriculture?
The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act could impact those in agriculture in many ways. Paul Neiffer is our guest and we discuss many facets of the recent legislation. Will the bill hold promise or pitfalls, or both for farmers?
FTC Episode 208: Achieving Extreme Yields with XtremeAg/South African Labor Force
Kelly Garrett has achieved some of the biggest crop yields in the nation. Learn some of the successes and challenges he and the XtremeAg team are encountering. Plus, we take a look at labor options in agriculture, including some of Kelly’s experience getting farm help from South Africa.
FTC Episode 207: Will It Become a “Must” to Tell & Sell Your Farm’s Story?
We’ve heard for many years that we need to tell our farm’s story and share the story of agriculture. But is that really true? Plenty of us probably sell crops and livestock and don’t think much about sharing what we do. Is technology and consumer demand changing that though?
FTC Episode 206: Rising Interest Rate Concerns/Avoiding Mistakes that Can Cost You the Farm
Rex Brod is our guest and we talk about interest rates, marketing, estate concerns and short and long-term planning. What should be on our minds to do, and not to do? Learn from Rex’s four decades in the ag lending market to see what has worked well and what turned out to be some terrible mistakes.