Developing Strong Habits as a Leader

Posted by Jess AulwesPosted on Leadership

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It’s on your resume, without a doubt. “Exceptional leadership skills.” “Experience leading a team of people.” “Attended leadership training.” The buzz word “leadership” shows up everywhere, and there is plenty of information out there as to what it means to be a leader and how to develop strong leadership skills. What happens after that? When you find yourself in a … Read More

Importance of Supporting Small Businesses

Posted by Luke BradyPosted on Community

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For many years when shopping for a good or need we look for the cheapest option. The cheapest option however often resides in a mainstream, global corporation. While this can sometimes be the easiest option for us at the time, we forget a much more valuable and important option exists. Often times the people behind these corporations do not care … Read More

Controlling Feed Costs

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Ag

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Although farmer yields last year were higher, giving crop farmers a higher income than expected, farmers are always looking for ways to control costs. This allows farmers to budget for smaller crop yields, and for livestock farmers it allows them to grow their operations. There are so many costs of operating a livestock farm, but feed is the only cost … Read More

Farewell to 2021- Important Business Takeaways

Posted by Luke ImslandPosted on Operations & Processes

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In 2020, we were pretty tired of hearing the “new normal” phrase, yet here we are, smack in the middle of our new normal. Your business may have thrived, or maybe you’re still picking up the pieces. Either way, 2021 has left us with important takeaways as we look forward to 2022.  The Future is Virtual We started to learn … Read More

Conducting More Effective Staff Meetings

Posted by Kevin ElsburyPosted on Operations & Processes

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Couldn’t this have been an email? We hear this all the time from employees after sitting through yet another grueling staff meeting. Both employers and employees can tell when a meeting is ineffective. People are disengaged, they check their devices constantly and stare daggers at the clock as if willing it to tick faster. If you want to have more … Read More

Effective Employee Interviewing in a Competitive Job Market

Posted by Rachel HauckPosted on Recruitment & Retention

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Since everyone is hiring right now, the job market has gotten competitive. To hire the right people and have the right people want to work for you, the process starts during the hiring process. Your organization needs to stand out to talented potential employees. Prior to the interview, you’ll need to post an effective job description, followed by facilitating an … Read More

Year-End Bonuses: Benefits and Drawbacks

Posted by Luke BradyPosted on Operations & Processes

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As 2021 comes to a close you may be considering doling out year-end bonuses for your employees. A year-end bonus is a lump-sum given to each employee to reward dedication and hard work. Most small-businesses do not offer bonuses, however those that do see the positives. There are both benefits and drawbacks to year-end bonuses.  How much should a year-end … Read More

Cover Crop Benefits

Posted by Parker HuntPosted on Ag

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One of the ways that farmers can help preserve soil health and promote conservation is through planting cover crops on their farmland. Planting cover crops have been found to enhance soil organic matter, strengthen soil structures and biological functions. CSB Ag Lender, Parker Hunt, adds, “With large heavy rains seemingly more common, a cover crop can provide additional residue and … Read More

The Rapid Increase in New and Used Equipment Costs

Posted by Matt GoerdtPosted on Ag

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For years, tractors have depreciated at 10% per year. This was more or less predictable and reliable, with some minor inconsistencies, until 2021. Now, tractors are appreciating value at 27%. That number is more than a minor inconsistency, and it isn’t stopping in 2021. In 2022, the yield demand is as high as ever, but so are operating costs. The … Read More

Employee Growth Plans – Why They Are More Important Than Ever

Posted by Jennifer MonkPosted on Leadership, Recruitment & Retention

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In today’s world, it is extremely important that organizations value growth among their members. If companies want to continue to grow in all aspects of business it is very beneficial for them to provide various growth opportunities to their employees. Expanding the knowledge of employees helps them grow in their current role as well as gain skills to progress into … Read More