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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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Aug 16, 2018

The world is continually changing. If we don't evolve and learn with it, we might one day find that many of the things we know to be true...no longer are. Dean Heffta suggests challenging our established notions and beliefs in order to grow as a leader.


Jun 21, 2018

In many conversations about developing leadership there is an important element that is frequently missed—the role of the follower. For organizations to truly have a thriving leadership culture, there has to also be thriving "followership." Today we’re digging in to this rarely discussed component which is so...


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...