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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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May 3, 2018

Working with family and partners in business can lead to questions about the right approach to compensation. Larry Custer, Account Manager with Water Street Solutions, joins Dean to share best practices about setting the stage for good expectations with partners and employees.

Aug 17, 2017

Human resources professional Andrea Majors joins Dean to discuss some of the top questions that come up around employees on the farm.

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Aug 10, 2017

Join Dean as he walks through the four key phases for building a strategy that helps farms to find and select great employees.

Before we begin, bear this in mind: The cost of hiring the wrong person can be 1.5 to 10x their annual salary!

I. FOUNDATION - What you need to do before setting out to find great people
1. Be...

Aug 3, 2017

The co-author of Contented Cows STILL Give Better Milk, Richard Hadden, joins Dean to discuss employee engagement on the farm and other practical advice for today’s leader.

Additional information:

Richard Hadden is a Certified Speaking Professional, author, and leadership consultant who focuses on the connection...

Jul 28, 2017

Being successful with employees on the farm isn't an accident. In this episode Dean covers four key pieces of the Employee Game Plan to improve the farm leader's decision-making around their employee strategy.


4 KEY ELEMENTS to keep in mind for building and maintaining a good employee strategy on the farm:


  1. NEED -...