Sep 21, 2019

TPEN Webinars

Click the links below to listen in on our past webinar presentations.

April 24, 2015: Make Your Workforce Your Greatest Asset
Dr. Bob Milligan, professor emeritus at Cornell University and senior consultant with Dairy Strategies shares the three keys to a workforce that is focused on productivity and enjoying their work: 1) The work has meaning to them, 2) They know what is expected of them, 3) They are provided feedback so they know how they are doing (are they winning) and how to improve performance.

March 26, 2015: Exclusive Preview of the AgriSync Mobile App
Casey Niemann, founder, AgriSync shares an overview of a new free app arriving during the week of March 29, 2015, in the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app aims to help producers connect to their network of farm advisors through a single portal that includes work orders, text messages, video, a directory and much more. After viewing this webinar, members are encouraged to share feedback with him, including ideas for possible changes to the platform or whether it would be useful, by emailing 

March 20, 2015: Business and Tax Strategies for Production Agriculture
Tom Bayer, a partner with regional accounting and advisory firm Sikich LLP, covers tax deferral strategies; whether you should put your spouse on the payroll; employees versus independent contractors; and underused tax strategies such as IC DISC and the Research and Development Credit. Bayer specializes in tax, business and succession planning.

March 6, 2015: Hay Market Outlook 2015: National Trends, Local Conditions
Learn about the latest market conditions affecting this prolific crop from Shannon Neibergs, associate professor and Extension economist in the School of Economics at Washington State University. He provides information concerning hay production decisions, feed purchases and marketing risk management strategies.

Jan. 9, 2015: Crop Insurance As a Risk Management Tool in 2015
A business conversation with Jamie Wasemiller of The Gulke Group

Dec. 19, 2014: Will Your Farm Business Thrive or Dive in the Future? 
A discussion about succession planning and having proper legacy documentation in place featuring David Marrison, Ohio State University Extension educator and associate professor.

Dec. 5, 2014: Machinery Values Update With Machinery Pete
Top Producer columnist Greg Peterson details his analysis of data from recent used farm equipment auctions to outline where machinery values are headed in 2015.

Oct. 10, 2014: Drought in the U.S.: A Look Back,  A Look Forward
As the drought lingers in California, Texas and Oklahoma, climatologist Mark Svoboda of the National Drought Mitigation Center provides his outlook for whether conditions will expand into the Corn Belt. 

Sept. 26, 2014: Marketing Your Farm Brand 101
Mariah Lynne and Abby Murray of The Marketing Plant explain how producers can effectively tell the story of their operation to landlords, suppliers, customers and others to better achieve business objectives.

Aug. 29, 2014: 2014 Harvest and Market Outlook
Get a recap of Pro Farmer's annual Midwest Crop Tour and learn how crops are shaping up for harvest with Pro Farmer editor Brian Grete and Dave Fogel, vice president, Advance Trading.

Aug. 8, 2014: Legal Issues Surrounding Agricultural Uses for Drones
Explore the various issues surrounding on-farm drone usage, including current FAA regulations and trespass concerns: Todd Janzen, agricultural attorney, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

July 25, 2014: How to Find Grant Money for Your Farm
Learn how to locate and successfully apply for grant funding for on-farm improvements: Sarah Beth Aubrey, certified grant administrator, Prosperity Consulting, LLC.

July 11, 2014: 5 Ways to Hire Better People and Keep Them Once you Have Them
Replace outdated human resources methods and mindsets and replace them with solutions for the Social Age: Kim Seeling Smith, founder and chief engagement officer, Ignite Global.

June 20, 2014: Business Cycle Trends
How to use market information from past decades to assist with assessment of the future of commodity pricing and the economy: Pro Farmer senior market analyst Rich Posson.

April 25, 2014: 2014 Social Media Trends and Your Farm
How to engage landlords and consumers on social media: Top Producer deputy managing editor Nate Birt and Titan Outlet Store marketing specialist Alec Winmill.

April 4, 2014: The Future of Land Values
Where are U.S. land values headed in 2014 and 2015? Mike Walsten, editor of LandOwner newsletter, presents his analysis.

March 10, 2014: Top Digital Apps for Your Farm
The best apps to take your office into the field: Dino Giacomazzi.

February 10, 2014: Ground Beef Nation
How changing consumer preferences are affecting market share: Don Close, Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory Group.

Jan. 24, 2014: Creating Incentive Plans
Creating incentive plans that work for you farm: Darrell Dunteman, Farm and Ranch Tax Letter.

Jan. 10, 2014: Input Price Trends
What the outlook for 2014 means for input price trends along with potential cost-cutting opportunities: Pro Farmer's Chip Flory and Davis Michaelsen.

September 11, 2013: Employee Development Series Part 3
How to approach employee compensation: Barb Dartt and Kimi Taylor of GROWTheFamily.Biz.
September 6, 2013: Employee Development Series Part 2
Enhancing the effectiveness of middle managers: Barb Dartt of GROWTheFamily.Biz.

August 30, 2013: Making Succession Successful
Making succession successful with family members both in and out of the business: Lance Woodbury, TPEN lead facilitator.

August 29, 2013: Navigating Obama Care

How the Health Care Reform Act will impact your business: Rob Southern and Paul Smith of Kennedy and Coe LLC.

August 28, 2013: Employee Development Series Part 1
A road map to hiring employees: Barb Dartt of GROWTheFamily.Biz.

August 7, 2013: Marketing Independence
The tools used by an independent grain trader: Tommy Grisafi, Indiana Grain Company LLC.

August 6, 2013: Market Update
Current market situation for U.S. and global agriculture: Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor.

July 29, 2013: Farm Bill Update
An update on farm bill legislation with Jack Block and Charlie Stenholm: OFW Law.

May 14, 2013: Market Update
Spring market update: Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor.

TPEN Reflection: Solutions

As your business grows, you begin to hit a "ceiling of complexity" where the way you’ve done it before needs to change if you are to continue your forward progress. Tillage practices, planting or harvest strategies, equipment changes, accounting, banking, risk management, human resources and family relationships are just a few areas in which you’ll experience growing pains. The peer group experience shows you that others have solved some of the problems you face, and that you have in fact solved other producers’ problems.

Take Action

Identify the three biggest challenges you face, write them down, discuss them in your business and come prepared to share them at your next peer group meeting.

On behalf of the TPEN facilitation team,

Lance Woodbury