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

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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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Caption This!

It’s time for some fun, what do you say? Below is quite the interesting image – who thinks they can come up with the best caption for the story behind it? Leave your best guess with a comment below.

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Ten Things Every Farmer Wants For Christmas

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Christmas time is quickly approaching and as kids all around make their lists, Farmers are too! Looking for some inspiration of what to buy your farmer or trying to get ideas for yourself, the Ten things every farmers wants for Christmas is a great place to start.

More Horsepower

Everyone dreams of having the real deal – even if it’s not so practical. So whether it’s a 200 horsepower tractor you’re seeking or a 500 HP one, see many options here.

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New Colors

Looking to add a little variety to your fleet this Christmas? It never hurts to mix some orange with that red or some blue with your green! See all of your options here.

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Some New Technology

There’s nothing quite like some field GPS to help plan your fields more efficiently or for yield mapping. Whether you just want a little technology boost or you want all the automation you can handle, there’s something for everybody here.

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An Antique to play with

Restoring antique farm equipment has quickly become a favorite past time of many farmers. If you’re looking for a new project or you’ve been wanting to add to your collection, there’s plenty to choose from here.

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Farmer Talk – Family Member Bias in the Farm Business

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Family business expert Jolene Brown joins us to talk about why an abrupt wake up call can be important in your family business when there’s a bias toward a family member.

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