About Farm4Profit Podcast
Our mission is to provide farms and operators an independent and unbiased outlet for information related to increasing the profitability of their farming operation. We will be providing farms and operators of all sizes and experience levels access to the latest trends, projections, and the tools necessary to increase farming profitability. Hosted by Tanner WInterhof (@IowaBankerman), David Whitaker (@farmlandguy), and Corey Hillebo (@corn_PorkNBeans) we will take each episode to deliver latest news, what's working for active farms, and a topic of focus each episode. Remember, if you aren't farming for profit you won't be farming for long.
Farm Accounting Software Management – Income/Expense Management Tools Ian Harley Aside from being a farmer himself, Harley has more than 25 years of experience in sales and management of AgTech companies, delivering accounting, operations and agronomy software. Prior to co-founding Traction Ag, Ian held roles at Granular, Trimble and Farm Works Software Who is Traction Ag? History, Mission, Vision the first cloud-based farm management software delivering financial solutions to growers across the Midwest. Why is it valuable for our listeners to know their true cost of production? What is the biggest struggle for farmers right now to have an accurate picture of what their breakeven is? What are some key ways to be able to look at the breakeven? Per bushel or per acre By field or farm Equipment efficiency or labor efficiency What needs to be tracked? Inputs, costs, bills, yields, sales, etc…. Why do most farmers struggle with record keeping? Why is it not fun to do? How do we motivate them to do a better job? What are some ways Traction Ag is helping make this process more efficient? Unified dashboard, electronic payroll, cloud based, shared access Being cloud based, is Traction Ag mobile? We have data integration throughout the farm, how is this different? When a farmer knows what their breakeven is what does it give them more power to do? Decision making Quick answers without guessing More data to analyze – accuracy Negotiation power with good data How does working with a product like Traction Ag help with a banker or financing relationship? Accountant? How does pricing work? How can people locate your product and sign up? What did we miss? What does success look like to you? Summary Challenge What are some signs that our farmer/listeners have outgrown their current accounting software?
@briansfarmingvideos Instagram 56.5k tiktok 17.6k. youtube 152k Subscribers. Catch up Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming How’s the family – do they farm with family? Kids? What are they up to today? What have the seen that excites them? What do they want to make sure they see before they leave? Working Words Podcast Who hosts it? What’s the goal? What the favorite job on the farm? Least Favorite He installed a toy road map on the floor of his tractors for planting season. Someone is building a new house Matching red and black tool trucks Why so many combines? – Gleaner, Fendt, Claas Does he get a lot of demos? How has social media changed their life? Why do it? How would she start it over differently? Which is their favorite platform? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be? Stump the guest Where does a thought go when we forget it? How come sometimes we can remember it? Which came first for Orange – the fruit or the color? If something is indescribable, haven’t you already described it? For people who are born deaf, what do the voices in their head sound like? Why is Goofy considered a person but pluto considered a pet even though they’re both dogs? When does it stop being partly sunny and begin being partly cloudy? What would the world be like if you couldn’t introduce yourself using your profession? What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What can we do to help? What does success look like to them?
The habits you have today will shape who you become tomorrow. Get strategic about your habits. What sets apart great leaders? Great leaders are fanatically consistent with a few strategic habits. Great leaders are fanatically consistent at doing the things most of us only do occasionally. Habits Great Leaders Have in Common The best leaders aren’t always the smartest, hardest working, or best-connected people. The best leaders intentionally commit to strategic habits that produce their desired results. The Habit of No Snooze How do you get out of bed each morning? Do you wake up naturally (with no alarm) ready to attack the day? Do you get up after your first alarm? Do you wake up to your alarm, hit snooze, wake up again, hit snooze again, and so on? According to a study done by the University of Notre Dame, 57% of people fit in that third category. When you wake up at the right time (with your first alarm or without it,) you’re telling yourself that the first part of your day matters. Pro tip: If you want to sleep better, plan out your day the night before. Going to bed with the next day’s lunch, outfits, or meetings already planned will allow your brain to fully rest, leading to higher-quality sleep. The Habit of Pre-Deciding The basic principle of the habit of pre-deciding is this: Any time you can make a decision ahead of time, make it. Any time you can automate a decision, automate it. Decision fatigue is a very real thing. The more decisions you make in a day, the lower the quality of your decision-making ability So, as often as possible make a decision ahead of time. One easy way to do this is by blocking off regular time on your calendar for your most important tasks. When you make that decision ahead of time, you’re making it easy to become the leader you need to become. The Habit of Doing the Hard-Right In your leadership, you’re always going to face challenges and obstacles. When you face these challenges, you’ll often have two options. The easy-wrong or the hard-right choice. You’ll always be tempted to take the easy way out. Many leaders avoid the Hard-Right because it will make a difficult situation even more difficult in the short term. You’ll never regret doing what’s right, but you’ll often regret doing what’s easy. The Habit of You-First Leadership The natural trajectory of leadership is towards self. I get the credit when things are going well, and I shift the blame when things are going poorly. The habit of You-First Leadership will help you intentionally fight this inclination. Simon Sinek teaches, “The leaders who get the most out of their people are those who care most about their people.” It really matters that you actually care about people. And that care has to start in your heart before your people feel it in the office. But what if you don’t like your team? If you don’t like your team, you’re in one of two situations: 1. You have the wrong people. Unless you inherited your team, your team is a combination of what you’ve created and what you’ve tolerated. 2. You have the right people, but you haven’t led them well. You might have a capable team, but you haven’t led them to fit the culture, have a strong work ethic, or have passion for the mission. Both of these situations are on YOU. Side note: You don’t have to like someone to care about them. You can love and respect someone without liking them. If you want to start living with the habit of You-First Leadership, start every interaction with the other person in mind. Anything else they’d like to add? What does Success look like to them? Summary Challenge
The Farm Equipment Market Trends segment is sponsored by Tractor Zoom. T.J. Masker, VP of Product Development at Tractor Zoom, answers another frequently asked question he hears from farmers, "what will my combine be worth 5 years from now?" and discusses the main methods to consider when trying to understand future value: Straight line depreciation Market value depreciation Replacement strategy & balance sheet accuracy Find out what your combine or other farm equipment is worth today at TractorZoom.com. Chips and Tuning – Directly effecting the bottom line of farming Guest : Sherie Dooly-Jones Site Manager for the USA for Steinbauer Engineering Public Relations and Human Resources Manager Who is Steinbauer? Company history What is a chip? What language should we be using today? Tuning Chips Programming Etc….? What is tuning? What gets affected? Reprogramming the ECU Plug & Play Devices Injector duration modules What kinds of motors can you tune? Tractors Harvesters Vehicles What else? What profitability factors can be increased by tuning? Time Money - Expenses Wear and Tear What can you tune with a Steinbauer chip? Fuel efficiency Horsepower Can you tune it to not use DEF? What else? Can you only tune new equipment? How old of equipment can be tuned? Taking an older and underpowered machine and adding it back into the fleet What are the risks of tuning older equipment? Can you switch a chip from one machine to another? Need it on for planting but not for the grain cart as an example New Product roll out – what kind of testing goes into a chip before it is released? How far behind a new product does a chip come out? John Deere releases a new tractor – how does Steinbauer get access to the technology to test and design? How do you determine how much power you can safely add to a motor? What are important things to consider when picking a chip company? Registered Insured History Brick & Mortar What are the risks of doing this? How are warranties effected? Serviceability – technicians traveling out of their Michigan location What type of maintenance is there for a chip after it is installed? Who are a majority of your clients? Why do they say they are doing this to their equipment? What are you most excited for coming in the future? What did we miss? What does Success Look Like to You? Summery & Challenge
@emilymatzke Instagram 2.3k tiktok 3.8k. youtube 3.06k Subscribers. Warm Up Where are they from, what’s the tie to agriculture? Wisconsin How’s the family – do they farm with family? – how many involved? What are they up to today? What have the seen that excites them? What do they want to make sure they see before they leave? Grandparents were farmers Grandpa died and they sold the cows Middle school eating disorder Became vegetarian Joined FFA Went to university of Wisconsin Hosted an ag radio show Animal science and ag journalism Worked corporate ag marketing job Boyfriend’s family farms Pulls tractors Currently a freelance marketer Sells beef direct to consumers - Prairie Raised Beef What is “rural-ish”? Went to first packers game in 2022 How has social media changed their life? Why do it? How would she start it over differently? Which is their favorite platform? BoyFriend’s Family farm How many generations? Livestock - crops What the favorite job on the farm? Least Favorite What’s something that happened on the farm as a kid that changed you forever? How did they get into tractor pulling? What’s the tractor? Where do they travel to pull? Who drives it? Who works on it? If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be? Deeper Dive What is you most used emoji? What is something you think you’ll never get to experience? Would you rather have a rewind button for life or a pause button? What’s the first thing you remember buying with you own money? What’s something you did as a kid that your parents always tell the story about? What’s next for them? What can our listeners do to help? What can we do to help? What does success look like to them?
If shiny new grain bins seem to be growing like corn in July on local farms, your eyes are not deceiving you. Numerous reasons exist for a farm operation to add grain storage to its holdings — reasons that affect long-term profitability. “But just like any other strategy, it’s a tool that can help diversify your risk. I’m not suggesting that farmers store all their grain, but maybe store a certain percentage of it, so that it aligns with your bias of the market and what your cash flow needs are.” advantages direct effect to the bottom line allowing you to run more of your operation on your terms gives you more control. What are ways for farmers to store grain? Farmers have many options for storing their grain including on-farm storage or working with their local elevator. Why Store Grain? -Advantages begin right at harvest. Avoid Historically Low Basis Levels As a function of local supply and demand, basis levels vary across geographies and conditions. Basis is simply the difference between the local cash price for your grain and the corresponding futures price on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Negative Basis Positive Basis Wide & Narrow Basis “Having on-farm storage gives producers a way to avoid wide basis levels driven by peak harvest supply,” says Steven Aldridge, Origination Manager for Bunge. “Typically basis strengthens post-harvest, and storage allows you to participate in that.” Crop Conditions/Quality crops can also suffer discounting because of other factors, such as quality factors, (e.g. moisture content, damage, or foreign material) One other aspect of storing grain that needs mentioning is grain quality. “You’re storing a perishable product that can be affected by temperature, moisture and pests,” he says. “Keeping the grain in storage without proper monitoring and maintenance could result in ruin. That’s why you need a plan for grain storage and know how marketing that grain aligns with your operation’s financial needs.” Improve Marketing Flexibility Controlling grain storage improves crop-marketing choices in several ways How far is the elevator or co-op from a processor or export terminal? That basis discount affects your crop and those of your neighbors’ equally. Storage gives you many more options than that. With grain safely in storage, an operation’s delivery radius extends dramatically. It allows producers to search for the best opportunity, rather than being forced to sell as-is to the most convenient local entity. The Futures Hedge On-farm grain storage opens up another important marketing tool that producers can use to manage risk as well as improve their profitability: the futures contract or hedge-to-arrive (HTA) Efficient Operations Time is money” could not ring truer than for farmers during harvest. Delays stemming from weather, transportation time or equipment availability translate to losses in the field or added costs. the local elevator may only accept grains during certain hours or force trucks to wait in queue, causing undesired down-time in the field. There is nothing worse than downtime during great harvest weather If you can haul to your own storage bins, they’re likely within close proximity, cutting down the number of trucks, drivers and fuel required. This keeps your combine running, making the most of prime harvest days. A delay in harvest could create opportunities for losses from frost, wildlife feeding, wind gusts, stalk deterioration, pests, and fungus all can whittle away at a standing crop. ROI and Recouping Investment Can I afford to build it? OR How can I afford not to? To get a good idea of the potential return on investment look at tracking the three- to five-year average on basis. That history can show you trends demonstrating basis-level changes on-farm storage can capitalize upon. Use the average in your area divided into the costs of your project to predict your return on investment Overall, four to five years as a typical expectation for an investment in additional storage to capture a return on your investment (ROI) The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency runs a program called the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that typically amortizes the investment over seven years. Once we build the storage should we track the actual ROI? Why would knowing this be valuable? Investment in Quality mechanical breakdowns create delays that can force harvesting in less-then-ideal conditions. Quality and reliable facilities reduce the risk for break downs and delays Commercial elevators have two moisture issues to consider when buying grain safety and quality: In a confined space, grain containing too much moisture heats up, potentially damaging the stored grain and also putting the elevator itself at risk To get grain to optimum conditions they may charge for shrink in addition to drying charges, and these discounts can quickly eat away at your profits. Additional Comments? Without on-farm storage, this opportunity doesn’t exist for a producer Dealing with the unpredictability of nature lies at the heart of any farming operation. On-farm storage provides an additional tool that can create efficiencies, lower costs and improve revenue while contributing to better risk management and greater opportunity.” What Does Success Look like to you? Summary Challenge
Airing 2/23/23 Around the Room – why do you need a Farm4Fun conversation today? As hosts what are you most looking forward to with this guest today? Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by Shay Foulk and his Profit Manager tool Facebook - MattR Listening as I type this, GREAT podcast! I listen to them as soon as they’re posted! ***Profit Manager commercial John Deere Mid-Roll @FarmerDan97 instagram 42k tiktok 95.7k Booker Texas – Multi-Generational Farmer What crops do they grow? Any Livestock irrigated? What’s it like having failed crops New Dad? – Grady 8/31/22 Newly Married? -Elise What’s the hardest part of being a parent? 6’8’’ tall….really? Christian….why lead with that in your bios? What is his beef with Iowa? – is Texas really that great? What does Iowa do better than Texas…..vice-versa Why do the social media? Starting all over ……What would she do differently Any cool experiences? Cool people? Advice for others? What’s the favorite platform? What do you like about social? What doest he like? Sweep Plows…..really work? Podcast listener…which are his favorites? Favorite tv shows Favorite job on the farm – least favorite What is the best thing about being alive today? If you could live in any other time when would that be? Has anything ever made you cry because you understood its meaning more than others do? What makes you happy? & Angry? What is one of the most memorable conversations you have ever had? What was a restaurant you think was nice/fancy as a kid that as an adult you realize wasn’t that nice? Would you rather: Would you rather be able to speak any language fluently or speak with animals? Would you rather drink a warm beer or a cold coffee? Would you rather be criticized or ignored? Would you rather never sleep on a bed again or never be able to shower (baths only)? Would you rather confess to cheating on your partner or catch your partner cheating on you? What does Success look like to you?
The Farm Equipment Market Trends segment is sponsored by Tractor Zoom. T.J. Masker, Sr. Product Manager at Tractor Zoom, answers the most frequently asked question he hears from farmers, "what's my tractor worth?" and discusses the main things to consider when looking to buy new, trade in, or maintain your existing tractor: Understanding the value of your machine Considering the costs of future maintenance and repairs Developing a replacement strategy for your farm Find out what your equipment is worth today at TractorZoom.com.
@WITitan2 Ryan Kelly tiktok 32.4k. Catch up Where is he from, what does he farm, how did he get into farming Not a typical 1st generation farmer Tile installer too How’s the family – does he farm with family? What is he up to today? Changing anything going into the 2023 crop year? His fascination with “older equipment” Appears to be mechanically inclined What’s his problem with Allis? How has social media changed his life? Why do it? How would he start it over differently? Which is his favorite platform? If you could stop any crime permanently forever, but the way to do it was you had to commit that crime….what crime would you stop? What are the worst and best parts of being an adult? Do you believe in any superstitions? If yes, which ones? What are three qualities that you look for in friends? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? Would you Rather Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in a room? Would you rather be too trusting of everyone or trust no one? Would you rather be over-criticized or ignored? Would you rather eat steak or lobster? Would you rather have a beer or a cocktail? Ag Current Events Russia/Ukraine War New Congress working on Farm Bill Carbon pipelines Extending border asylum H2A Worker Reform . . What does success look like to him?
John Deere Pre-Roll Around the Room – why do you need a Farm4Profit conversation today? As hosts what are you most looking forward to with this guest today? Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by TractorZoom and their machinery analytics – machinery clip TikTok – 1handfarming Great Work ***Profit Manager commercial Exploring the new technologies to be incorporated into a hog barn Barrett Ellerhas a long history in the industry and community of the swine industry. His experience started with New Fashion as a Safety Manager, then stepped away for a few years in which he worked for a mining company, and then came back to New Fashion Pork as more of a Human Resources Manager and Operation Improvement Role. Now Barrett is now the Director of Sales for Swine Technologies. Matthew Rooda SwineTech’s co-founder and CEO, Matthew Rooda, grew up in Iowa as a 4th generation pork producer. Throughout his childhood and young adult life, Matthew would work with his grandfather on the family farm, help his father in large commercial sow farms, and would work for other local pork producers. What is Swine Tech? SwineTech was founded with the mission to create solutions that empower farmers to provide every food production animal with high quality individualized care. Like What? What was the first? Piglet crushing technology “Smart Guard” When did Matthew start this? During his freshman and sophomore years in college he was employed as an assistant farm manager for Schneider Pork Farms. It was here that he studied under Dr. Peter Schneider and found a deeper passion for the swine industry. while studying pre-medicine played a pivotal role in helping him identify the many similarities that exist between healthcare and animal agriculture. How did it get funded? John PoppaJohn Center Iowa Start up accelerator What is PigFlow In 2020, PigFlow, a workforce and swine management platform, was developed. PigFlow helps pork producers maximize their potential by bringing greater workplace efficiencies, process compliance, and animal care to the swine industry. What problems does this solve? Is this specific to the hog industry? Can it be applied to other industries? What is Swine Seal? Was this based on human medial tools also? What benefits does this bring? What’s it made of? Can it be used outside of the swine industry? Whole farm connectivity? How are you brining quality WiFi into hog barns? Did we miss anything else of value? What does success look like to him? Summary Challenge
John Deere Pre-Roll Around the Room – why do you need a Farm4Fun conversation today? As hosts what are you most looking forward to with this guest today? Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by Shay Foulk and his Profit Manager tool Text in – Core’y friend Hey Corey, Just wanted to say you guys are doing a great job with your podcast. It’s having a tremendous positive impact on peoples lives and businesses. ***Profit Manager commercial @marypat.sass Mary Pat Instagram 88k tiktok 228.4k. Catch up Where is she from, what does she farm, how did she get into farming How’s the family – does her farm with family? Kids? What is she up to today? What her favorite job on the farm? Least Favorite What is her “inner circle” How has social media changed her life? Why do it? Sharing the simple and inspiring others All about the cheese slicer Cooking – field meals – syrup – etc… How do you get your husband involved? Farming in a dress was hilarious….why do it? How would she start it over differently? Which is her favorite platform? If you could stop any crime permanently forever, but the way to do it was you had to commit that crime….what crime would you stop? What are three qualities that you look for in friends? If you were an animal, what do you think you would be? Right now, who inspires you? Would you Rather Would you rather not see your kids for a month or your husband? Would you rather post to social from the kitchen or the field? Would you rather be over-criticized or ignored? Would you rather eat steak or lobster? Would you rather have a beer or a cocktail? Would you rather only have a male audience or only an audience outside of the US? Would you rather have diarrhea in a public restroom or throw up in a park trash can? Would you rather your kid get sick in church or the grocery store? What’s next for Mary Pat? What can our listeners do to help? What can we do to help? What does success look like to him?
Strip Cropping – Inter Cropping – Stock Cropping Zack Smith - Zack is a 5th generation farmer located in northern Iowa. Lance Peterson – designer of the stock cropper Founders of the Stock Cropper is a new farming system that incorporates both crops and livestock in the field at the same time in a unique arrangement that leverages each off the other. Why should our listeners be excited for the conversation we are going to have today? What is the difference between Strip Cropping and Inter Cropping? Does he practice both? What advantages are there to strip or inter cropping? Strip cropping is a method of farming used when a slope is too steep or too long, or otherwise, when one does not have an alternative method of preventing soil erosion. Certain layers of plants will absorb minerals and water from the soil more effectively than others. When water reaches the weaker soil that lacks the minerals needed to make it stronger, it normally washes it away. Because of this, farmland stays fertile much longer. Slow runoff, Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge, Increase soil water retention, Filtration of pollutants, More sustainable agriculture, Prevention of biodiversity loss What has he witnessed most on his farm as a benefit? Why did he start? Does it take special equipment? What crops has he learned work well together? What else has he learned in general? Is it profitable? What is he excited to try next? What is Stock Cropping? Where did this idea come from? What resources has he learned the most from? What livestock does he involve? Do each type of animal play a certain role? Can this work during cold or winter months? If not, where do those animals go during those months? Does he see this becoming wider spread? Is it profitable? What else does he want to share? What does success look like to him? Summarize Close w/ contact info
@growincorn2020. Tony Reed.Instagram 10.9k. facebook 37ktiktok 522k. youtube 22.2k subs Catch up Where is he from, what does he farm, how did he get into farming How’s the family? What is he up to today? Changing anything going into the 2023 crop year? Gonna put more tile in? Use cover crops? More DEF? How has social media changed his life? How would he start it over differently? Which is his favorite platform? Cameo Acres Tv What is the show and how is it going? Marty Nall Fundraiser What’s Next? If you could stop any crime permanently forever, but the way to do it was you had to commit that crime….what crime would you stop? What are the worst and best parts of being an adult? When’s the last time you made someone cry? What makes you angry? What makes you the most happy? Right now who inspires you? Start – Bench – Cut Pizza, spaghetti, lasagna Keystone, Busch, Bud Mexican, Chinese, Italian Cell phone, laptop, TV Deere, Gleaner, Claas Ag Current Events Russia/Ukraine War New Congress working on Farm Bill Carbon pipelines Extending border asylum H2A Worker Reform . What does success look like to Tony?
The Business of Fatherhood Introduction John Deere Pre-Roll Around the room solo introduction Keep sending those ideas to email@example.com or find us all over social media. We greatly appreciate YOUR help in growing our audience. Topic for the day – How can becoming a better dad….or parent in general affect the profitability of your farm Ask the listeners to think….. What was the relationship like with your parents like? What’s the first word that comes to mind to describe the relationship with your dad? Is this the same word you want your kids to use? Why or why not? Ben Killoy has been helping dads break the cycle and create a lasting feeling of change for the last 6 years. He helps them grow through generational trauma by redefining what it means to be alive. He is a certified dad and life coach. Ben grew up on a farm in Southern Wisconsin, right after high school he joined the marine corps, and then fought the hardest battle of his life which we will learn about today. Welcome Ben…….. jump right into the battle that he fought and won! Agriculture is a unique profession for this conversation because a lot of our listeners currently work with, have worked with, or will be working with their parents or their kids. Some, as we have talked about before, may not get a chance to grow up professionally until they are near retirement. Others that are listening might be the people who aren’t letting their children grow up. How does this effect the individual’s ability to be a great role model? Why are we talking today about the “Business of Fatherhood” Why would we take an entire episode to discuss this topic? How does this relate to the profitability of our listeners farms or businesses? How does this contribute to the success of my life? Important Items to Consider: Knowing where you want to go, what you want to be But you must know where we are first Call your shot, what do you want your legacy to be? Knowing you don’t have to go on this journey alone What are some big first hurdles when considering the process of possibly becoming a better dad? How can I lead a child through life if I don’t even know where I am going/doing? How do I teach a child to be the things that I am not, or am not good at? What do I need to do to raise a girl….treat them the same or different? What in the culture today has made it more of a challenge to be a great dad? Most dads have been told how to make a living, but are rarely taught how to live. How do we feel “ok’ about taking time off of work? How do we prioritize time with family, with our kids? Work life balance gets discussed a lot, is balanced really mean 50/50? High performing dads are a “thing” Are some people busy on purpose? What does it mean to be busy? People can magically find time for things they want to do….. How do we make it to where we want to be with our kids/family? Can a dad be good in their career and be a good dad? What if our listener isn’t a dad? How can dad advice translate to everyday life? How could using this conversation today help make you better suited to find a mate? What if I am a female listening to this? How does this apply to me? Can our listeners be a fatherly figure to someone who isn’t their blood child? What does it mean to come home? Are we looking for home in the wrong places? What is “home”? What does that mean? You can’t find or build what you don’t first have for yourself…….. How does trauma play into this process? First, what is trauma? Do we all have trauma? Is trauma always dark? What else do we need to cover today? How do we wrap up our message today with a bow on it? Blog titles as examples: Breaking the cycle Kids don’t need us to be perfect Are you home yet? Stop being a spectator Life Happens for us, not to us What is your relationship with love? Is your dad proud of you? What does success look like for you? Share Contact Information Summary Challenge
Shay Foulk – Profit Manager - Pre-Roll Around the Room – what are you looking forward to in this show? Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by Legacy Farmer YouTube – Levi’s Metal Cutting Nice Shows – happy to be a new subscriber! ***Legacy Farmer commercial It’s important to secure the financial future of your family farm operation. We are extremely excited to partner up with Legacy Farmer to help you do just that for your family. He and his team have a proven strategy that leverages a powerful community of people going through the same experiences as you are combined with 1 on 1 support to meet your specific needs. Jace and his team are already working with over 300 family farms and yours should be next. Visit www.legacyfarmer.org and apply to secure your family Legacy for generations to come.” John Deere Mid-Roll @Megan_dairygirl. Megan (Kregel) & Ted McAllister – Married in August 343k tiktok -- 4k Instagram – 75k facebook 6th generation Dairy Farmer and Only Fans Model from New Vienna, IA North West Iowa Community College to ISU Dairy Science Worked at the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation – Communications and Promotion 400 cow dairy – robotic milking - Jerseys Iowa Dairy Experience & Agriculture Leadership Program Dairy Princess Advisory Council Farm Bureau Young Leadership Award Ted Dairy Partnership with his brother 250 cows – Holsteins Megan does calf management duties How do you name the calves? Why do the social media? Starting all over ……What would she do differently Any cool experiences? Cool people? Advice for others? What’s next? Tour or speaking dates? Collaborations? How’s it going to end? What is the best thing about being alive today? If you could live in any other time when would that be? Has anything ever made you cry because you understood its meaning more than others do? What is one of the most memorable conversations you have ever had? What was a restaurant you think was nice/fancy as a kid that as an adult you realize wasn’t that nice? Newlywed Game What is something that you don’t have in common? What’s your most annoying habit? What’s their number 1 fear or phobia? When they’re angry – what movie character best describes them? What’s a food they would never eat? What’s their dream vehicle? All the toppings in the world….what kind of pizza are they making? What does Success look like to you?
Understanding the H2A Process/Program Shay Foulk – Ag View Solutons, Profit Manager Pre-Roll Around the room solo introduction Keep sending those ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or find us all over social media. We greatly appreciate YOUR help in growing our audience. Topic for the day – Labor is getting harder to find, could using the H2A program be the solution for you? John Deere Mid-Roll Commercial Introduce Guests: Bio #1 Bio#2 What is H2A? The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. What does it take to qualify for the H-2A Program? a business’s need for workers must: • be agricultural in nature, • not involve processing a commodity from its raw state into an altered state (e.g., canning), and • be temporary (generally less than ten months long). The business must also be able to prove that it is unable to find qualified American workers for open job positions—and that hiring H-2A workers will not put American workers at a disadvantage. The Process Pre-Filing – The government requires a lot of information from you before it will grant you a Temporary Labor Certification. 2. SWA – We then submit your Application, on your behalf, to your local State Workforce Agency (SWA). 3. DOL – We then submit, on your behalf, the approved Application, along with additional information and documentation, to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 4. Advertising – The DOL then posts the details of the job on seasonaljobs.dol.gov. The process then pauses for about a week 5. USCIS – We generate a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and submit it, on your behalf, If you are trying to hire workers who are outside of the country, the USCIS sends the visa petitions to the applicable consulate. The workers then go to the consulate and undergoan interview. Timeframes In general, the whole process, from application to worker arrival, takes about 90 days. When Should You Apply? H-2A regulations only allow employers to submit Applications for Temporary Labor Certification 60-75 days before the date on which they need workers to arrive. During the application process, you will choose a start and end date (your Period of Need) for the workers. These dates should reflect your need for workers as accurately as possible. How Many Workers Should You Request? As with your period of need, the number of workers you request certification to hire must accurately reflect your actual needs. Employers should never request more workers than they expect they will need. If You Need Workers at Different Times of the Year, you may be able to submit multiple applications and obtain certification to hire workers during each period. If the two or more periods are related but do not, together, cover more than 10 months of the year, you can usually submit multiple applications—one for each period. Give an Example Employer Obligations Provide workers (H-2A and American) with work contracts orcopies of the Approved Job Order (ETA Form 790). Reimburse workers for their transportation and subsistence expenses within the first pay period, including: o the Consulate Fee of $190, o the round-trip plane tickets, and o subsistence costs, including food, lodging, and fuel costs • Help the workers get everything they need upon arrival, including: o a driver’s license/CDL (if required for the job), o a Social Security Card, and o a bank account. • Give the workers what they need for the job, including: o free housing that meets OSHA or ETA standards, depending on when it was built, o free transportation to and from the worksite every day and to the grocery store once a week, and o any required tools, safety gear, including a means of two-way communication (e.g., a cell phone). • Ensure all H-2A workers are covered by Worker’s Compensation at all worksites for the entire contract period. • Pay workers, at a minimum, the state minimum wage, the federal minimum wage, the prevailing wage, or your state’s Adverse Effect Wage Rate (as published by the Department of Labor), whichever is the highest. • Pay workers at least twice per month. • Provide each worker with a pay slip at the end of every pay period. You can find a pay slip template with all the required fields on our database. • If your state requires it, pay workers the time-and-a-half rate for overtime. In most states, H-2A workers are exempt from overtime. However, some states, like California and Minnesota, require employers to pay the overtime rate if workers work more than a set number of hours. • Never take deductions from a worker’s paycheck, except as required by law (e.g., taxes, if applicable) or as specified on your Application for Temporary Labor Certification. • If you have American workers performing the same duties as H-2A workers, pay them at least the same wage rate and offer them the same benefits. Meal Arrangements Employers are partially responsible for worker meals. Employers must choose and adhere to one of the following options for the duration of the work period: • Option 1: You provide three meals a day for each worker. In this case, you may charge each worker (or deduct from their pay) the daily rate set by the Department of Labor for the provided food. This rate changes periodically. You can find the current rate on the DOL’s website or by contacting us. • Option 2: You furnish free and convenient cooking and kitchen facilities for workers to prepare their own meals and provide them with free transportation once a week to purchase groceries. Three-Quarter Rule The Three-Quarter rule requires you to guarantee a worker employment and payment for at least 3⁄4 of the work hours in the contract period. What are some best practices you have seen successful farms using? Can you share labor with a neighboring farmer? What types of penalties exist if you don’t follow the rules? Are the rules subject to change with upcoming legislation? Is the program in jeopardy? Anything else we should cover? Please share contact information and any additional resources. What does Success look like to you?
John Deere Pre-Roll Around the Room – what are you looking forward to in this show? Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by Legacy Farmer Twitter - Levi Great Episodes. Cool to see young people following their dreams (Emma Episode) ***Legacy Farmer commercial It’s important to secure the financial future of your family farm operation. We are extremely excited to partner up with Legacy Farmer to help you do just that for your family. He and his team have a proven strategy that leverages a powerful community of people going through the same experiences as you are combined with 1 on 1 support to meet your specific needs. Jace and his team are already working with over 300 family farms and yours should be next. Visit www.legacyfarmer.org and apply to secure your family Legacy for generations to come.” Corey Bricker @coreybricker 1.2MM tiktok -- 7.5k Instagram – 26.4k YouTube Subs – @rapidtronics Farmer, Sheep Shearer, Affiliate Product Reviewer from Belle Fourche, South Dakota What does he describe himself as doing for a living? Sheep Shearer TikTok ASMR “Freshly Peeled” – sheep in a banana peel (merch) Shear all kinds of sheep? Goats? Alpaca? Others? How did he learn how to do it? What does the wool he shears get used for? Shearing his sheep or get hired to sheer others? Sheep Shearing Races…has he ever raced? Shears have like a robotic arms rather than a loose cord… How does he typically get them to lay still? Affiliate Product Reviewer What products really do work? What do we stay away from? Do companies send you stuff or do you have to buy it? Rubach Coffee Miners – BitCoin - crypto Where did his interest start? How long has he been doing this? Little to No Sheep Shearing on YouTube? Has several videos about depression? How has depression impacted his life? Any advice? Why do the social media? Promote Mental Health in Agriculture What would he do differently Any cool experiences? Cool people? Advice for others? What’s next? Has anything ever made you cry because you understood its meaning more than others do? What is one of the most memorable conversations you have ever had?
Working Draft - Ag LLC Outline Airing 1/16/23 Welcome to a Farm4Profit episode Remind people to hit SUBSCRIBE – REMEMBER TO LEAVE REVIEWS The listener review today is brought to you by Deere Facebook – Barbara Gonzales Keep up the good work! Go subscribe to YOUTUBE!!! Play Legacy Farmer Segment Guests: Ryan Haaland is an attorney who assists clients with real estate projects, business formation and transactions, and estate planning. He works with clients of various sizes, from large national companies to smaller local entities in all aspects of business. He assists ag clients, from family farm startups to larger ag entities, both as it pertains to real estate acquisitions and sales and assisting in corporate structuring and governance Intro: Some believe that you need to be a big operator or land owner to justify forming an entity for their operation. Some believe that having the operation owned by a company makes them less attractive because of the corporate “look”. The truth is that structuring your farm operation using one or more business entities is an efficient tool (bang for buck) to protect farmers and their business, and that doesn’t require substantial change in manner of operation. Limited liability Protects personal assets from liability related to the business Even if you own a short 40 and lease the ground out, LLC might be a good idea. Protects the dirt from exposure to risk related to personal liability (e.g. you’re at fault for a car accident, the farm is at risk) Want to isolate value from risk using multiple entities LLC – Partnership LLC – S Corp S Corp C Corp Potentially limits partners (e.g. non-family farm entities) Same entity must buy and sell Imposes structure on owners Useful estate planning General Issues Anything else you’d like to share? What is your top tier of clients doing differently? Pay Off Question: How do you define success? Summary Challenge
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