Tips for Farm Equipment Maintenance

Posted by Liz RudePosted on Ag

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Efficiency and safety go hand-in-hand with farming. Both of these ensure prosperous and successful farming seasons year after year. Maintaining farm equipment is crucial to your farm running smoothly, and keeping your family, employees, and yourself safe. If you have a system to check your equipment and you never cut corners, you’ll be sure to have another fruitful year. Create … Read More

Importance of Teamwork and Collaboration

Posted by Jackie LeePosted on Community, Leadership

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Teamwork makes the dream work. We’ve most likely heard this phrase close to a thousand times over the span of our lives. A lot of times it just rolls off the tip of our tongue without too much thought. We use is as a filler for our collaboration and hard work. However, it’s time to take a step back and … Read More

Current Year Cost of Production Estimates for Corn & Soybeans

Posted by Scott WegmannPosted on Ag

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Ag Decision Maker through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach released cost estimates of crop and pasture maintenance for the 2022 year. While the estimates cannot be tailored to each individual farm, they are an average of what a typical farmer can expect. Larger farms and smaller farms may be further away from the estimates due to their fixed costs. … Read More

Considerations Before Making Capital Purchases

Posted by Scott WegmannPosted on Ag

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As you know, every farm is different. Because of this, the considerations for capital purchases vary from farm to farm, but there are some general guidelines everyone can follow to create a responsible expenditure plan. Before purchasing that new tractor, building, or piece of land, creating a plan is necessary to remain financially secure. This plan might include tracking costs, … Read More

Functional Office Spaces in 2022

Posted by Kevin ElsburyPosted on Recruitment & Retention

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Productive Office Space vs Functional Office Space Within the last few years our idea of what a functional office space may have changed. A functional space is specified as a space where you are able to complete what needs to be done in a given amount of time. However, in today’s society we are learning that it is more important … Read More

Company Culture: Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses

Posted by Jennifer MonkPosted on Recruitment & Retention

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The first step to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your company’s culture is identifying the leaderships’ persona in the workplace. This does not necessarily mean the same as identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership, but rather how employees perceive the leadership overall. Culture always trickles down from the actions of the leaders. Once you identify the leadership … Read More

What Benefits Do Employees Really Want?

Posted by Rachel HauckPosted on Recruitment & Retention

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While there are many companies around with many benefits offered, employees are looking for more than just your standard and typical benefits. Your low involvement plan may not be what your current or future employees are looking for. If you want to grow your team, you may need to look into expanding your benefits. Health Care, Eye Care, and Dental … Read More

Flexibility in the Workplace

Posted by Scott WegmannPosted on Recruitment & Retention

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Flexible work environments, hours, and management have been hot-button issues over the last two years. More people are working remotely than ever before, and people are demanding what they want from their workplace. In the middle of a labor shortage, employees are not settling for pre-2020 work conditions. They want flexibility in more ways than just working remotely.  Environments When … Read More

Record Sales for Land Prices

Posted by Matt GoerdtPosted on Ag

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As prices for everything continue to rise, land prices are no exception. In the fall of 2021, land prices hit a record high, and auctioneers expect prices to stay strong through planting season. To understand the price projections for 2022, one must first look at the reflection of 2021 and the record sales from the fall. Reflection of Land Sales … Read More

Time Wasters: Getting a Handle on Efficiency

Posted by Kent StockPosted on Operations & Processes

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If you feel like you and your employees are working hard, but productivity is still low, your workplace is guilty of at least one major time waster. Efficiency is putting the old adage of “smarter, not harder” to use, and time wasters enable this. Employees and leadership alike are guilty of time wasters, and you’ll have to work together to … Read More