What You Need To Know
The articles in this section provide a basic rundown of skills and technology critical in the agricultural industry. With subjects ranging from communications to staffing, the answers to your most important questions start right here.
- Communications & Technology
Transferring crop, livestock, weather and other vital information gathered on the job to office files stretched the work day long beyond sunset - that is, until mobile communication devices hit the market.
- Sales and Marketing
From the fields to their financial holdings, farmers strive to blossom the green stuff. As agricultural operations tackle the challenges of an expanding global market, more industry professionals find themselves digging for sales solutions.
- Customer Service
Today's smaller-farm owners are scrambling for ways to serve their customers without drowning in the teeming waters of competing businesses and fiscal concerns.
- Staffing & Employment
From farm-labor contractors to agricultural inspectors, agricultural work usually requires more experience than formal education. Nonetheless, higher-ranked positions do demand an academic background.
- Billing and Accounts Receivable
With huge agricultural corporations demanding the lion’s share of revenues, smaller independent farm businesses struggle to keep cash flow steady. An organized billing and accounts receivable regiment makes the job a lot easier.
- Vendor Relations
Today’s growers don't mind leaving the field from time to time to do a little bargain hunting on the Internet. In an industry where so many rely on their hands to tackle the daily workload, a few taps of a keyboard are almost minuscule in comparison.
With considerable product and property to protect, today’s small-farm owners must obtain adequate insurance coverage. This applies not simply to land, buildings and crops, but to owners and employees as well.
- Social Media Best Practices & Applications
Social media present a wealth of opportunities to small-farm owners. Besides product sales and promotion, sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and AgChat allow agricultural professionals to network with colleagues, as well as enhance customer service.