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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 24, 2018

Dr. David Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agriculture & Applied Economics at Virginia Tech and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value-added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dr. Kohl has spent the latter part of his career travelling 9M+ miles conducting financial/business workshops & seminars. This week he...


Mar 8, 2018

A key responsibility of leaders is the ability to make sound decisions. That doesn’t mean we should funnel every decision in the business through one or two people, but the tough and important decisions—the ones that really impact the future of the business—have to get wrestled with by the leader of the...


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 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...


Jan 25, 2018

The systems around us are too complex for us to have all the answers for every situation. It’s important as a leader to grow and develop our team’s capabilities to make responsible decisions on their own as needed. Communication of intent is a key to that development. In this episode David Marquet shares revelations...