Andy & Lisa Hurd
M & A Farms
Grain & Beef Producers
Customer since 2002
Why I chose agriculture
I decided at an early age that I wanted to return to the farm if the opportunity presented itself. I like how the business is run and being my own boss.
How I prepared myself for agricultural business
My preparation started when my brother and I were five and ten years old sitting in on dad’s business meetings at the kitchen table. We listened and learned, even at a young age. I spent four years at Iowa State before returning to the farm.
How I keep up to speed with modern agriculture
Our grandpa always said you don’t need to know everything, but know a little bit about everything. I try to read every day. I can’t read every article, but I try to stay informed.
My business approach
Every decision we make is not just about our business now, but how it affects the next generation. We aren’t risk-averse, but we do whatever is needed to stay in the black.
Our vision for the operation
The goal for our farming operation is to pass it on to the next generation. We want to keep it sustainable, make a comfortable living, and pass the farm onto our kids if they want to take the opportunity.
What I enjoy most about farming
I like new challenges. Farm finance is like solving a puzzle every day when I get up. I like deciding what’s most important for me to do.
Why we work with FCSAmerica
Our financial officer was our dad’s financial officer. He helped us transition the operation and then took us on as customers in 2002. FCSAmerica helped us get on our feet. They are a business partner we chose to be on our team. Anybody we choose to be on our team we feel is the best. They are great people, very friendly to work with.