Side by Side Digital Podcast Series

Our educational podcasts equip producers with the knowledge they need to make the right decisions for their operations.

Podcast Episodes

The Side by Side Digital - a podcast series tackles topics geared toward young and beginning producers. Each episode, we invite Farm Credit and ag industry experts to share their insights on financial management, business outlooks, transition planning and more.

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Working On vs In the Business

It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tactical pieces of running a farm or ranch. It’s important to make time for strategic thinking and writing down those big goals that you have in mind for your operation. Tune in as Bob Campbell, senior vice president - lending, walks through how to develop a strategic mindset focused on moving your business forward.

Budgeting Basics

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, and land rental decisions. Tune in as Maggie and Dylan as they walk through why a budget is so important and how to develop a solid budget plan that can help you navigate decision-making as well as effectively communicating with your lender.

Cost of Production

Knowing your cost of production is essential to making sound business decision. Cost of production can inform important decisions like whether to expand your operation, make new investments, and even help drive marketing decisions. Tune in as Betty and Shayla walk through the importance of knowing your cost of production and how to get started.

How to Find an Accountant

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, managing your finances is crucial for farmers and ranchers. When considering your farm team, your accountant plays a key role in ensuring your operation’s financial health. The right accountant should be a strategic partner that can help you navigate big decisions like tax planning, expansions, and large purchases. Tune in as J’Nan Ensz, CPA walks through how to find a good accountant and questions you should ask along the way to make sure it’s a good fit.

Loan Application Process

The loan application process can sometimes feel daunting. Our experts walk through how to prepare an application and what goes on behind the scenes after it’s submitted. We also discuss opportunities that exist specifically for young and beginning producers.

Meetings That Matter

Whether it’s a conversation with your lender, your landlord or another member of your farm team, successfully navigating these important meetings can lead to building your professional reputation. Young, Beginning and Small (YBS) relationship officers Nate Gebel and Evan Babcock offer insights and strategies to differentiate yourself as a producer.

Business Negotiations

Jim Knuth, senior vice president of business development, highlights eight business negotiation principles, common negotiation pitfalls, and tips for strengthening your negotiating skills.

Balance Sheet Best Practices

In this episode, we’re recapping key takeaways from our Balance Sheet Best Practices webinar presented by Nick Bauer, a financial services officer, and Kevin Hicks, a credit operations analyst. Nick and Kevin share helpful best practices for building your balance sheet.

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Side by Side Digital Series

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