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Curtis & Marla Stallbaumer
Grain & Beef Producers
Oconto, NE
Customer since 2006

Why we chose agriculture

We both grew up in ag; our families farmed and raised cattle. (Marla) I came from an operation that focused more on the cow/calf side and Curtis’ family’s emphasis was on row crops. We’ve brought both of those together in our operation. We like that every day is different and it’s a good way to spend time with our kids.

How we prepared ourselves for agricultural business

We both have bachelor’s degrees from the college of agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which provided a good foundation. We’ve farmed 18 years now, so we’ve learned by doing. We also attend seminars and meetings put on by FCSAmerica and the Nebraska Cattlemen. Marla has her crop insurance and insurance licenses, which has made us more knowledgeable.

Our greatest challenge

It’s difficult to find additional acres to farm. It’s very competitive and being younger, it can be hard to compete with more-established farmers for renting and buying ground.

The future of our operation

Our goal is to capture opportunities for growth and maintain our current pace of growth. We created a motto: “Combining strong traditions in agriculture to build a legacy that future generations can stand on.” We want to offer our kids the ability to come back if they want. That really drives us.

What we enjoy most about farming

We enjoy the challenge of managing the farm and keeping it all headed in the right direction. We like the independence of making our own choices and seeing the results. We try to instill a strong work ethic in our kids. We’re training them to be advocates for agriculture.

Why we work with FCSAmerica

FCSAmerica gets to know their customers. It’s the people and the service that make us feel at home there. Our financial officer grew up on a ranch, so she’s been in our shoes. When we have an opportunity we’re considering, she’ll give us ideas on how we can accomplish it.

Local banks can have lending limits and as our operation expanded, we realized we had more opportunity with FCSAmerica. They have more products they can offer us, like crop insurance, and they are very competitive on rates.

Our Business Approach And Working With FCSAmerica

Oconto, Nebraska, grain and beef producers Curtis and Marla Stallbaumer talk about their business philosophies and how working with FCSAmerica complements their strengths and makes them more confident.

Stallbaumer-CommunityFCSAmerica Is Part Of Our Community

Oconto, Nebraska, grain and beef producer Marla Stallbaumer talks about one way FCSAmerica has become a vital part of her community. 

 

Stallbaumer-LegacyCreating A Legacy

Curtis and Marla Stallbaumer share their aspirations to build a sustainable operation that their children can operate someday

 

Stallbaumer-PartneringPartnering With Our Financial Officer

Oconto, Nebraska, grain and beef producers Curtis and Marla Stallbaumer talk about how an active relationship with their FCSAmerica financial officer has helped them capitalize on opportunities to grow their operation.