Finding (and Keeping) Agricultural Employees in a Tight Labor Market

As the saying goes, good help is hard to find, and no where is this more true than the modern agriculture industry. The USDA College Graduate Employment Report found 39% of open agricultural jobs can’t be filled by graduating students. That means business owners and managers need to sharpen their skills at attracting and keeping…

Purdue Releases January Results

January 2018 Results Released from Purdue University The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer is a nationwide measure of the health of the U.S. agricultural economy. On the first Tuesday of each month, the Ag Economy Barometer provides a sense of the agricultural economy’s health with an index value. The index is based on a…

5 steps to make 2018 the best year yet for your business

For many agricultural businesses, winter is a time for catching up from the last growing season and preparing for the next. Start the new year off right with these five steps that will help make 2018 your best year yet: Get your taxes done Don’t put your taxes off till the last minute. With new…

Looking forward and back:

Top ag tech predictions for 2018 and top tips from 2017 The end of the year is a time to look back at what was learned last year and to look ahead to what’s next. What changes did you make this year that saved you time and money? What opportunities are you exploring for next…

FARMERS FEEL AG ECONOMY DETERIORATING

CURRENT ECONOMIC SENTIMENT BRIGHTER THAN FUTURE. U.S. farmers see the current state of the ag economy less of a concern than in the future. In its latest survey results Wednesday, for November, the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer shows that producers expressed lower sentiment toward the agricultural economy in November on the heels of fall harvest,…

5 Tips For Running a Family Business

For some business owners, the Thanksgiving table won’t look much different than a board meeting. Running a business with your family can be deeply rewarding – but it can also mean unique challenges for operation management. Whether it’s a brand new venture or a company that’s been in the family for decades, every family-run business…

October Leads Producers To Optimism

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer landed at 135 in October, up three points from September. It represented the third-highest reading since data collection began two years ago. The improvement was driven by the Index of Future Expectations, which increased from 130 in September to 137 in October. The Index of Future Expectations is one of…

Better Decisions Without The Wait – How To Use In-Season Data For Crops

6 steps to use in-season data and improve your bottom line: better decisions without the wait.  As a modern farmer, you know how important it is to analyze your long-term field and crop trends. But don’t have to wait to accumulate years of data to make better decisions for your business. With real-time data, you…

Future Expectations Turn Lower

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer September reading of 132 was unchanged compared to August. The monthly measure of agricultural producer sentiment – which is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, beef cattle, dairy cattle, and hogs – has ranged between 130 and 139 over the last…

Are Ag Producers Financially Stronger?

U.S. ag producers feel financially stronger compared to 2016 Shared from: World Grain written: by Susan Reidy U.S. agricultural producers’ feel their operations’ financial positions are improved compared to a year ago, which has helped the Ag Economy Barometer hold steady for the past three months and remain well above levels recorded prior to November 2016….