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John Anderson
Grain Producer
Elgin, NE
Customer since 2003

Why I chose agriculture

I kind of fell into place with Aaron, my older brother. We started our own operations, but work together. It’s exciting.

Our business approach

We’ve been trying to expand for years and have been doing so little by little and on a low equipment-need basis. We had been running a lot of older equipment. We didn’t ever want to tie up a lot of money in equipment. Now, we’re very confident in expanding this way.

We feel that each brother brings something different to the table and we appreciate each others’ qualities and skills, whether it’s work ethic, book-keeping or general knowledge.

Challenges and opportunities

Getting started was one of the biggest challenges: to build equity and earn the confidence of our lender. The markets have softened up, but we feel like there’s still opportunity. As a young producer, there’s opportunity with low interest rates.

How we make decisions

There’s a lot of communication involved. We can sit down and talk about what’s coming next, what we need to do and what we don’t need to do. We talk strategically about managing equipment, buying land and expanding other ways. When we look at expanding, we feel we’ve got an excellent team behind us.

Using FCSAmerica’s digital tools

I like that FCSAmerica has digital tools that can analyze our financial information to generate charts, pie graphs and balance sheets. We learn something about our balance sheet every time we look at it. The digital tools help us hone our positives, find our weaknesses and become more efficient.

The Right Team to Grow a Farm

Brothers Aaron, John and Matt Anderson rely on a team of stakeholders to help manage and grow their farm. That team includes their FCSAmerica financial officer, who helps them evaluate risk and other key factors when making big decisions.

 

Anderson-SupercyclesConfidence in their FCSAmerica Financial Officer

Aaron, John and Matt Anderson all entered their family operation at different times and under different circumstances. Their FCSAmerica financial officer worked with them to integrate each brother into the operation, and today, the brothers say the chemistry established early on remains critical to their success.

 

Anderson-PressureThe Pressure of Buying Land

Buying high-priced farmland is a major investment into a growing operation, and Aaron Anderson says the pressure of that process was eased by working with an FCSAmerica financial officer.

 

Anderson-Confidence2Managing Through Farm ‘Supercycles’

The recent boom in ag prices helped position the Anderson brothers to grow their operation. Though the cycle has turned, being on the same page with their FCSAmerica financial officer has helped weather the downturn, Aaron Anderson says.

 

Anderson-PressureUsing New Tools to Get Ahead

Technology is important to growing a farm operation, and that doesn’t end with new machinery. Financial technology like FCSAmerica’s digital tools helps position producers like the Anderson brothers to expand their operation when the time is right.