MinnStar Bank – Kent Thiesse

Focus on Ag  During the 2016 Presidential Election, and even more so since the beginning of 2017, trade agreements between the United States and other countries have come under scrutiny. In late January, new U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end U.S. participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. President […]

Bolton & Menk, Inc. – Dan Donayre

Wetland Restoration on Marginal Lands As a result of falling commodity prices, farmers have been looking at different avenues to profit from marginal land. One of these is to restore wetlands and place them in the state and federal wetland banking system. These systems allow landowners to restore agricultural land to its presettlement condition and […]

AgStar Financial Services – Resha Koster, PHR

Fostering Agribusiness Internships – AgStar’s College Relations Program Since 1916, AgStar Financial Services ACA has been dedicated to serving agriculture and rural America as part of the Farm Credit system. Operating primarily in 69 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we serve 21,000 clients. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, rural home […]

Bremer Bank – Wally Thomas

5 C’s of Banking – Passionate Relevance  2016 is quickly coming to a close, as the calendar flips into the last 60 days, and agribusinesses and farmers alike continue to prepare for what is ahead in 2017. Today’s agricultural economic environment certainly has created some headwinds that will challenge farmers and associated agribusinesses – including […]

Central Farm Services – Kate Stenzel, CPAg

NitrateNow: Sustainable Precise Nitrogen Management Central Farm Service’s branding slogan is “The Power of Progress”, which is not just a statement of intention, but an action. In my opinion, this is best illustrated by our precision agriculture department, known as Central Advantage GS®. While I have only been involved with Central Advantage for the past […]

BluEarth Agribusiness Strategies – Patrick Yockey

Should Your Organization Invest in Strategic Planning? This is a common question that agribusiness leadership teams face as they manage the complexities of their business. Strategic planning can be challenging, but when done well, it can serve as a productive tool that leads to long-term success. Here are five related reasons why your business should invest […]

AMPI – Sarah Schmidt

Join the Conversation to Build Consumer Trust Scientific research has helped U.S. agriculture companies become the suppliers of the safest and most affordable food supply on the planet, but another kind of research is becoming increasingly essential to the success of food production. Now more than ever, those of us working in agriculture need to […]

CliftonLarsonAllen – Joseph Duda

How Ag Producers Can Pay Themselves and Increase Liquidity into Retirement As CPAs, we like seeing our clients save money and pay down debt. For ag producers, we want to see them conserve capital and manage cash flows. This is especially important because the commodity markets continue to be volatile — annual tax planning and […]

Gislason & Hunter – Gary Koch

What’s in an Internship Program? Internships have been receiving special attention lately with the popular Robert Di Nero movie The Intern and a lawsuit brought against Fox Searchlight Pictures by former unpaid interns claiming compensation. Against this backdrop of entertainment and law, what is an internship? What are the expectations legally and from a work […]