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Welcome to the home of the Modern Farm Business® podcast, hosted weekly by Dean Heffta. Modern Farm Business translates proven methods and best practices from the business arena to today's modern farm leadership environment. We'll be learning from forward-thinking experts and discovering how to apply time-tested techniques to make real improvements on the farm.

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Feb 22, 2018

Any seasonal business has to deal with the fact that before the season starts, they need to get the team ready. Today we’re going to talk about what happens when we don’t get the team ready, the importance of setting expectations at the beginning of the season, and some tools for helping prepare your team to bring...


Feb 15, 2018

Recruiting and hiring is one of the top challenges not only for farms, but for every business looking to grow. In this episode, Dean covers seven tools for improving your selection results.

For many businesses and farms, a key constraint to growth isn’t capital—it’s having the right people. I’ve had the...


Feb 8, 2018

As our businesses or organizations grow, it becomes critical for us as leaders change our focus and activities. As a one-person operation, the number of people we can hand work off to is limited. The staff you have are typically either family members or hired contractors. With growth, it eventually takes more people to...


Feb 1, 2018

In business, as in life, one of the most important aspects of a relationship is trust. When trust is high things move faster, energy is higher and people have more fun. When
trust is low everything slows down. We second-guess decisions and question motives, etc. Speed goes down and expense goes up. We know trust is...