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5 things successful farms have in common

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No two farms are the same. It’s true, but what separates the mediocre from the great is quite consistent. A recent farm management conference identified 5 key components shared by successful farms, regardless of type.

Here they are, along with our best picks to help you put your plan into action.

1. Up-to-date balance sheet and projected cash flow

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2. Solid marketing plan

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3. Adopting new tech based on return on investment

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4. Strong production practices and skills

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Effective problem-solving requires that we ask better questions. However, two of the most important questions – “What if?” and “Says who?” – require courage. Because if you ask them on a regular basis, you’re challenging your farm’s history, traditions and the status quo.

5.  Annual strategic plan

Read: How to pressure test your strategic plan for farm success

Building financial strength takes follow-through with made-to-measure plans, experts state. Once you determine where revenues go and gain education in making money grow, you need to execute your plan to meet goals.

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