What You Need To Know

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.
  • Insurance
    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.