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COVID-19

Navigate the Ag Labor Squeeze: What You Need to Know about H-2A for 2020

In the last 10 years, there’s been a 20 percent increase in the number of crop production jobs, and 18 percent in livestock jobs . Farmers are looking to programs like the H-2A agricultural worker visa program to fill the gap when it comes to sourcing the seasonal labor they need. With travel restrictions and […]

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Navigate the Ag Labor Squeeze: Expert Tips You Need to Know

As many states ease COVID-19 lockdowns, it’s clear the pandemic will continue to impact agriculture in complex ways. But opinions vary about what ag labor will look like in years to come. In the second roundtable in our series featuring tips to help farmers navigate 2020 and its associated challenges, moderator Vance Crowe once again […]

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Protecting Farm Profits During a Pandemic Means Being Open Minded to Change

Granular recently hosted the first roundtable in its COVID-19 series that stressed the importance of starting where you can control, with your own balance sheet. The discussion was moderated by Vance Crowe and featured two guest panelists: Nate Franzen, president of the ag banking division of First National Bank in South Dakota and David Widmar, […]

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Protecting Farm Profits During a Pandemic Starts with Knowing Where You Stand

As planting has wrapped up in most areas, we are all thinking forward — but many questions still remain regarding the rest of the growing season. The biggest one you’re likely facing is: “How will this pandemic affect our farm in the long run, including our farm profits?” Granular recently hosted the first roundtable in […]

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How to Keep Up Farm Morale in Times of COVID-19

By now, you and your farm team are adapting to the temporary COVID-19 working conditions. Whether it’s social distancing, extra sanitation efforts, or additional management of your teams’ health, there is a danger of rapid declines of productivity and morale on the farm right during a time we are being asked to put in extra […]

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Do you have a COVID-19 back-up plan ready for your farm?

In a recent survey from Farm Market iD with farmers, 7 in 10 farmers do not have a backup operating plan if they contract the virus. As we head into planting and then summer, it’s important to do some scenario planning and come up with a backup plan in the case that you, a family […]

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What it takes to run a great virtual meeting from the farm

During these unprecedented times, we are all being asked to make changes to our day-to-day lives and farmers like you are no exception. Although food and fiber production is a very essential job and it’s critical to continue the food production cycle, it’s also important to modify your day-to-day business in order to protect yourself, […]

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