7 Daily Problems That Can Be Solved With Farmers

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With a new year comes the normal resolutions – smile more, lose weight, stress less. We’ve got a way to help with those day-to-day desires! Farming can do more than just provide food and clothing for the world’s population – it can help solve some of the daily problems. See what we mean below!

Stress: Looking to relieve a little stress? Spend a day with a farmer. From a long combine ride, milking cows or even just working the land – farmers have some of the best ways to deal with the stress of daily life not to mention the best office view to do it from.

Boredom: There is never a dull moment on the farm – even in the off months between harvest and plant. Livestock needs tending daily, cows need milking and equipment needs maintenance. If you’re looking to do more, I’m sure a Farmer can show you the ropes.

Time Management: Are you trying to establish a better routine or wake up earlier than you have been in this new year? Add the Farm routine to your day. The cows won’t wait to be fed or milked, and every second counts when working on plant and harvest, so it’s an early Continue reading “7 Daily Problems That Can Be Solved With Farmers”

The Gift of Learning

Jolene Brown joins us today to talk about the gift of learning. As 2014 comes to an end, we have an opportunity to look back and see what we have learned this year and what we have yet to learn!

Jolene Brown is a farmer, professional speaker, author and champion for the family owned business. She’s from West Branch, Iowa, USA, and travels worldwide sharing leading-edge best practices that have the power to increase productivity, profitability and peace of mind. Her passion combined with her fun-filled spirit and valuable information brings humor, hope and helpful ideas to the people of agriculture. For more information and to check out her speaking availability, contact her at [email protected], www.JoleneBrown.com

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A Look Back – The Top Blog Posts of 2014

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It’s time for a little reflection! Let’s take a look back at the top blog posts of 2014. Which one was your favorite?

Ten Signs You Grew Up On A Farm

You know you grew up on a Farm when:
1. You give directions not by streets, but by fields and land marks.
2. You were driving Tractors before your feet could hit the pedals. Read More.

Ten Things Farmers Know Better Than Anyone Else

Anyone can farm, but not everyone is a Farmer. There are many things that you quickly learn and traits that are necessary to have while Farming. Check out our list of the 10 things Farmers know better than anyone else. Read More.

8 Things That Have a Different Meaning for Farmers

Farming is a way of life with many similarities and differences to those who don’t farm. Check out our 8 things that have a different meaning to Farmers!
1. Holidays- Holidays carry a different meaning for Farmers. Just because it’s Christmas morning, the livestock still needs to be taken care of. Driving home from Easter service? There will be stopping to check on the crops or check on the cattle. The chores don’t stop just because it’s a special day. Read More.

Top 10 Songs About Farming

Country music is known for a lot of things… some better than others. One of things country music is known for is songs about life in the country- farming, family, tractors, working hard and playing hard. Recently we asked some of social media friends to let us know their favorite farming song, from the country genre and beyond, Continue reading “A Look Back – The Top Blog Posts of 2014”

9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Farmer

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1. You don’t get anything you don’t work hard for: As Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed like overalls and looks like work.” Farmers don’t get anything they don’t work from sunrise to sunset on.

2. Be Patient: Who better to teach the lesson of patience than farmers? They wait seasons to see if their crop will turn out; or if their livestock will turn a profit much less break even.

3. Never hope for it more than you work it:“Farming is a profession of hope,” as Brian Brett put it. However, with that hope comes the knowledge that it won’t turn in to anything without working tirelessly to make it happen.

4. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started: When the temperatures are below zero and nothing seems to be going right – Farmers know that the end product is worth the work and the struggle to get there is worth the fight.

5. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you: Our farmers deserve praise not condemnation. Knowing where your food comes from is incredibly important, however, without Farmers Continue reading “9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn from a Farmer”

5 Things to Consider When Buying or Leasing Farm Equipment

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Investing in farm equipment is one of the most expensive yet most critical aspects to any farming operation. Looking at your options and evaluating your needs are good starting points to your equipment purchase. Previously, we have talked about the difference in buying and leasing farm equipment, as well as how to decide to between buying new or used equipment. Now we’re helping you decide which is best by talking about 5 things you should consider!

1. Determine Budget

  • With the way the grain market has been and with Mother Nature being her crazy self, the belts have tightened on a lot of farms. If money is incredibly tight – leasing may be the better option as payments will typically be smaller. At the end of the lease, in many cases you can opt to buy it if the financials have improved.

2.  What do you plan on using the equipment for?

  • Having equipment in the shed that isn’t earning money and that you are paying on is not ideal. For equipment that you will use frequently or year-round, buying is typically the better option. If you only need this piece for small jobs and very rarely, look into leasing or renting.

3. Compare Financing Plans

  • Buying and leasing farm equipment carry many different financial variables that should be evaluated. Below is the analysis of buying or leasing a tractor.

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