Online educational series that tackles topics tailored to young and beginning producers.

Digital Series Overview

As a customer-owned financial cooperative, we are committed to serving the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Growing your farm or ranch can be a significant challenge for any producer but can be especially challenging for the next generation. Some of the most important decisions you make impact the finances of your operation.

The weather, commodity prices, and trade, are a few areas in agriculture that are outside of your control. However, there are plenty of things that you can control to proactively manage risk. Taking time to develop financial management skills and decision-making strategies is important.

We put together a team of experts and launched Side by Side Digital, an ongoing educational series that tackles topics tailored to young and beginning producers.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • An exclusive invite to a webinar the first Wednesday of every month, featuring experts ready to answer your questions and provide valuable insights.
  • Access to on-demand recorded content from each webinar.
  • E-learning tutorials and resources around essential topics when it comes to financial decision making.

Mark Jensen, our CEO, and Nick Jorgensen, a producer and Association Director, kicked off the series in October discussing the challenges and resources that exist for young and beginning producers.

Planning for Success

Whether you're just starting, exploring a new enterprise, bringing on new partners, or taking over an existing operation, a business plan can help you think strategically about your operation’s future. Join our experts to learn how to get started and how business planning can prepare you to take advantage of new opportunities.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Preregister via Zoom
Live: 12:30 p.m. CT

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Previously recorded webinars

Growing the Farm and the Family

May 5, 2021
Growing the farm, while also trying to professionalize the business, all while managing family relationships, is like trying to change a tire while the truck is moving. This webinar focused on the mindset, skills and models for improving and growing your operation while managing the dynamics of both family and business relationships.

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The Art of the Side Hustle

April 7, 2021
Alternative revenue streams can contribute to the growth and success of an operation. Our experts discussed how to evaluate whether an alternative revenue stream may be profitable and key considerations before jumping in.

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Loan Application Process - How to Get a Yes

March 3, 2021
The loan application process can sometimes feel daunting. Our experts walked through how to prepare an application and what goes on behind the scenes after it is submitted. We also discussed opportunities that exist for young and beginning producers.

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Transition Planning

February 3, 2021
Spending time on a succession plan today will help you preserve and pass on the family farm or ranch, safeguard the value of your operation and set up an orderly transition of management and ownership. Brandon Dirkschneider, Managing Principal at Insurance Design Management Inc., discussed how to start the conversation about transition planning and what steps you can take to leave a lasting legacy for the future.

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2021 Market Outlook

January 6, 2021
Naomi Blohm, Senior Market Advisor at Total Farm Marketing, explained the current domestic and global fundamental outlook for corn and soybeans. She also shared 5 tips to for grain marketing to help you get ready for 2021 pricing opportunities.

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Building Budgets

December 2, 2020
Your budget is an important management tool and key to making important decisions on your operation such as cash-flow planning, marketing goals, risk management, cost control, enterprise analysis and land rental decisions. Angie Treptow and Maggie Holub discussed how to build your best budget.

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Balance Sheet Best Practices

November 4, 2020
Your balance sheet can give you insights into your capital position and allow you to benchmark your operation. Nick Bauer and Kevin Hicks discussed best practices and tips around creating balance sheets.

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Farming Today and Tomorrow

October 7, 2020
Mark Jensen and Nick Jorgensen discussed challenges that exist for young and beginning producers as well as resources and opportunities. Nick Jorgensen also shared his story and insights as a young producer.

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What is Side by Side?

Side by Side is a high impact educational conference held annually in Omaha, NE for young and beginning producers. Side by Side features agriculture industry and Farm Credit experts who share insights on financial management, business outlooks, transition planning, risk management and other key issues affecting young and beginning producers. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other conference attendees. The conference goals are to educate, inspire, exchange ideas and encourage advocacy for agriculture. The 2020 Side by Side conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are pleased to offer the Side by Side Digital Series until we are able to meet again in-person.

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