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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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Dec 6, 2018

Questions Help Us Focus
This episode will cover different areas of a business by asking questions to help identify opportunities. Though you may not have answers for all of these questions today, they will start the thinking process and give you an inventory of questions today that you can use as a reference for future...

Oct 18, 2018

It’s 1983. The farm economy is wracked. International Harvester—one of the largest companies in the world—is failing. In Missouri, a dozen managers scraped together $100,000 in cash and borrowed an additional $8.9 million to buy the International Harvester plant they worked at. Today, that plant—which became...

Aug 2, 2018


As the owner of a farm or other small business, you’ll inevitably wrestle with decisions and responsibilities that others in the operation simply don’t face. However, leading your business doesn’t have to feel like a solo adventure. You can assemble a team to help you realize your...

Jul 5, 2018

Standards are an essential component of any organization’s culture. Standards demonstrate to employees what conduct and quality are expected and inform the public which ideals are important to the organization. It should be no surprise to learn that organizations that live up to their own standards of behavior daily...

Jun 7, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but this is our 50th episode of Modern Farm Business™ podcast! I’ve genuinely enjoyed all of the guests and the topics we’ve covered in the past 50 episodes, as well as the listener feedback on the things that are meaningful and speak to you. Today, I’m taking a review of some of the...