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Meet our Australian Team

22 July 2022

by FBN Network

FBN® is well and truly in to our second year providing access to price transparency and online ordering with free direct to farm delivery on your crop protection and crop nutrition needs. Our Account Executives and Community Builders across Australia are embedded in your local regions and are here to support you make better on farm decisions. To meet our growing membership, our team is growing, too! Meet some of our newest Account Executives Jess Sampson Jess has 11 years of practical on farm agronomic consultancy experience as well as a university level academic agronomic education.  Her specialisations in pasture agronomy, seed and trial management means she is well versed in new seed varieties right through to on farm practical solutions to address crop pressures.  Whilst Jess is not on farm or at work, she is hanging out with her teenage sons, fishing, preserving foods or baking! Greg Mills Greg is a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (University of Queensland) having majored in crop and pasture  science. An agricultural professional with diverse skills and experience in managing production and applied R,D&E with a focus on commercial adoption, crop consultancy and sales of farm inputs including seed, fertiliser and crop protection products. When Greg is not working, he enjoys fishing, photography and poultry breeding. David Evans David lives and breathes agriculture and agribusiness.  With just shy of 30 years experience in the industry he has a thorough understanding of farm management as a grazier himself. His experience in grain marketing, broadacre practices, livestock and farm business management coupled with his advocacy in the South Australian grain industry holds him in great stead as a trusted Account Executive in South Australia. In his spare time you might catch David at some Test Cricket games, brewing his own craft beer or passionately supporting the Sturt Football Club! Anthony Stibbard Anthony has over 7 years experience in the Australian agriculture sector in broadacre cropping and livestock.  His academic Agronomic background together, his passion for AgTech and his working farm experience brings a theoretical and practical mix to his role as an Account Executive for New South Wales, Australia. When Anthony is not working he loves sports, travel (COVID permitting of course), skiing and the great outdoors. Aaron Bailey Aaron has an in depth knowledge of ag chem, grain and livestock markets with over 14 years experience across feed manufacturing through to reselling. He was brought up on a family dairy farm in New Zealand and has been in Australia for 11 years. This background in NZ farming brings a practical application to the Victorian and Tasmanian role as Account Executive at FBN . If you don't find him on the cricket pitch, he'll be with family and friends in his down time. Learn more Want to find your local Community Builder or Account Executive? Call 1800 749 140 or email info@farmersbusinessnetwork.com Copyright © 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. "FBN" and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. Products and services are offered by Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. and are available only where licensed.


21 July 2022

by FBN Network

Today we’re excited to announce a new partnership between Farmers Business Network® and ADM, a leader in sustainable nutrition and agriculture, that will expand availability of FBN ’s leading-edge digital farm business management platform, Gradable® , to ADM’s network of 55,000 North American farmers. The agreement will offer growers a comprehensive digital solution to manage their businesses and track their sustainable production data.  What Does This New Partnership Mean for Farmers?  By harnessing FBN ’s leading farm e-commerce and data insights in combination with ADM’s position as one of the biggest grain buyers worldwide, Gradable will empower farmers to identify new opportunities for profitability, including reporting and verification capabilities that will enable them to engage in regenerative agriculture programs and capitalize on growing market interest in low-carbon grain .  “Combining ADM’s scale and expertise and FBN ’s digital technology with the ability to efficiently, accurately, and consistently calculate and verify regenerative farm practices is powerful and promises to serve as a catalyst for the development of premium markets that reward farmers for sustainable production,” said FBN CEO Amol Deshpande. “This level of transparency is then transferred down the line to consumers, supporting demand for sustainable consumption.” As a leader in the decarbonization of the ag industry, ADM strives to meet demand for sustainably produced food, beverage and consumer products. The group’s new partnership with FBN will “expand our array of digital tools and offer our farmer partners a leading-edge platform to measure and verify regenerative agriculture practices, and help manage their businesses,” said Greg Morris, president of ADM’s Ag Services and Oilseeds business. “We’re excited to work with more farmers to find new opportunities for them to benefit from the production of differentiated, sustainably produced crops.” How Does FBN ’s Gradable Support Farmers?  A modern, digital infrastructure designed to enhance the relationship between farmers and grain buyers, FBN’s Gradable platform supports secure and efficient grain transactions for production agriculture.  “ FBN ’s Gradable is not only the major digital innovation farmers need to identify opportunities to drive profitability, but it is also the carbon accounting system upon which a low-carbon ag economy can be built, with the potential to decarbonize the food and fuel supply chains on a gigaton scale,” explained FBN CEO Amol Deshpande.  By enabling farmers to effectively capture and analyze production data like carbon scores, the platform empowers farmers to increasingly participate in new sustainability markets and further monetize their operations. Farmers who utilize Gradable’s environmental scoring function in addition to adopting regenerative agricultural practices have produced grain with 20-30% smaller carbon intensity footprints. Interested in maximizing your operation’s profitability? Learn more about Gradable here.    Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “Gradable”, and “FBN” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc.


21 July 2022

by FBN Network

Originally published on Business Wire on July 21, 2022 CHICAGO & SAN CARLOS, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- ADM  (NYSE: ADM), a leader in sustainable nutrition and agriculture, and  FBN  (Farmers Business Network ® FBN® ), a global farmer-to-farmer network and AgTech company, today announced they had signed an agreement to expand availability of FBN’s leading-edge digital farm business management platform, Gradable, to ADM’s network of farmers across North America, offering 55,000 growers a comprehensive digital solution to manage their businesses and measure sustainable production data. Leveraging ADM’s scale and expertise as one of the world's largest grain buyers and FBN’s cutting-edge digital farm commerce and data-analytics, the Gradable platform will enable farmers to identify areas where they can increase profitability of their operation, including measuring, reporting and verification capabilities that will allow them to participate in regenerative agriculture programs and new markets for low-carbon grain. “ADM is leading in the decarbonization of our industry, meeting demand for food, beverages and consumer products that are produced sustainably from seed to store shelf,” said Greg Morris, president of ADM’s Ag Services and Oilseeds business. “Last year,  we committed to reducing our Scope 3 emissions 25% by 2035 . Just last May, we committed $20 million in incentives for farmers who use cover crops to improve soil health, prevent runoff and reduce carbon emissions . Now, we’re taking yet another important step by partnering with FBN to expand our array of digital tools and offer our farmer partners a leading-edge platform to measure and verify regenerative agriculture practices, and help manage their businesses. We’re excited to work with more farmers to find new opportunities for them to benefit from the production of differentiated, sustainably produced crops.” FBN’s Gradable technology platform was developed to provide a modern digital infrastructure to strengthen the relationship between grain buyers and farmers, as a new era emerges requiring efficient, transparent, and secure grain transactions for production agriculture. Gradable’s digital infrastructure does this by connecting farmer and buyer experiences into a single, secure technology platform. Gradable also lays the groundwork for increased farmer participation in new sustainability markets by allowing them to seamlessly collect and calculate verifiable production data–including carbon scores–empowering them to monetize these downstream benefits in the market. Farmers using the environmental scoring function of Gradable's platform who have adopted regenerative practices, such as cover cropping, nitrogen efficiency tools, or no-till farming, have produced grain with carbon intensity footprints 20-30% below average. Using the FBN platform, ADM farmers will be able to: Access a full digital view of their business, with eventual capability to manage contracts, settlements and scale tickets in a single location Receive agronomic guidance and education on maximizing environmental market outcomes Verify and maintain records on regenerative farming practices, such as cover cropping, reduced tillage and nutrient management, so as to benefit from specialized ADM (and other) premium programs Access operating lines of capital with potential discounts for regenerative practice adoption “FBN’s Gradable is not only the major digital innovation farmers need to identify opportunities to drive profitability, but it is also the carbon accounting system upon which a low-carbon ag economy can be built, with the potential to decarbonize the food and fuel supply chains on a gigaton scale,” said FBN CEO Amol Deshpande. “Combining ADM’s scale and expertise and FBN’s digital technology with the ability to efficiently, accurately, and consistently calculate and verify regenerative farm practices is powerful, and promises to serve as a catalyst for the development of premium markets that reward farmers for sustainable production. This level of transparency is then transferred down the line to consumers, supporting demand for sustainable consumption.” Farmers who have used Gradable have spoken highly of its benefits: "Participating in the program was quick and painless. The program is a great opportunity to earn an extra premium on my soybean crop." - Braden Stefan, Golden City, MO "The program was simple and easy to participate in. Like finding money on the ground. Transferring data for the program was easy and worked well with the data platform that we use." - Doug James, Appleton City, MO. About ADM ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We’re a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We’re blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We’re a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We’re an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we’re a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at  www.adm.com . About FBN’s Gradable Platform The Gradable platform was launched by Farmers Business Network (FBN) in September 2020 and provides new technology that facilitates grain transactions between producers and commercial buyers, and also provides services that facilitate the scoring, sourcing, and pricing of Low-Carbon Grain. Gradable fully integrates with FBN farmer-facing technology as well as commercial buyer grain accounting systems, and has attracted approximately 1 billion bushels to the platform in less than 9 months. Gradable not only strengthens the relationship between grain buyers and sellers, but also enables comprehensive environmental transparency and supports a market for premium, environmentally-scored grain.To learn more, visit  www.gradable.com About FBN Farmers Business Network ( FBN  -Farmers Business Network ® FBN® ), Inc. is a global farmer-to-farmer network and independent AgTech platform whose mission is to power the prosperity of family farmers around the world while working toward a sustainable future. Its Farmers First® promise has attracted over 43,000 members to the network with a common goal of maximizing their farm’s profit potential. FBN has set out to redefine value and convenience for farmers by helping to reduce the cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. FBN members farm more than 98 million acres in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Blending the best of Midwestern agricultural roots and Silicon Valley technology, the Company has over 900 employees with principal offices in San Carlos, Chicago, Sioux Falls, High River and Perth, with significant warehouse and logistics, remote and field employees across the US, Canada and Australia. To learn more, visit:  www.fbn.com . Contacts ADM Jackie Anderson media@adm.com 312-634-8484 FBN Amy Wolfcale awolfcale@farmersbusinessnetwork.com 917-576-8767


14 July 2022

by FBN Network

We’re excited to be welcoming new members coming to FBN® from Western Plains Energy, LLC (WPE). We’ve been working with farmers and their data since 2014, and we know you care about how your data is used and shared -- and we take your privacy seriously. We appreciate that you are considering trusting us with your data and protecting that information is an important part of how we conduct our business. For more information on our information practices, including the kinds of information we may collect, how we protect that information, how we use and share that information, please visit our Privacy Policy . Below are some FAQs we’ve put together that will help you better understand some questions you probably have right now, as well as some you may have as you begin to use the app. WPE & FBN FAQs How do I get access to my WPE sales data in the FBN app? Do I need to create an FBN Account to access my WPE data in the app? How does FBN use my data? Can WPE access the data I add to my FBN account? Who can I talk to if I have questions? Feature FAQs My Sales Contracts Where can I see my WPE contracts? What can I do if I don’t see all of my WPE contracts in my FBN account? How can I see how many bushels are left to deliver on a contract? Tickets Where do I go to see my scale tickets? How do I see what specific tickets were applied to a contract? Settlements Where can I see my settlements? Bids Where do I go to see WPE bids? How can I favorite my preferred delivery locations? How can I set a Price Alert? Where can I find basis charts? WPE & FBN Data FAQs How do I get access to my WPE sales data in the FBN app? Go to the WPE landing page in the FBN App and follow the prompts. This is a special process only available for WPE growers. So please follow these three steps to successfully connect your WPE sales data to the app. Enter the mobile phone number used for your WPE account and you’ll be sent a text message with a special link. This link is crucial for initiating a step-by-step FBN account setup. Click the link in the text you’ll receive and install the FBN app. When you first open the app, you’ll see a special page for WPE customers. Click “Connect with WPE” and that will initiate the connection of your WPE sales data to your FBN account. Do I need to create an FBN account to view my WPE sales data in the app? Yes. If you would like to view your WPE sales data through the FBN App, you’ll need to follow the steps above to get started with the FBN App. FBN membership is free, and you are not obligated to buy anything from FBN or contribute any other data. What is the value of becoming an FBN Member? The FBN Network was launched in 2014 by a handful of farmers as an independent, unbiased and objective farmer-driven information source. By providing  data to FBN , farmers gain access to the FBN Network, an anonymized and aggregated data analytics platform that enables farmers to make better decisions on their farms. Today, FBN is a continually growing network of over 43,000 farmers using 100% anonymous data-sharing & unbiased benchmarking to gain valuable and trustworthy insights on virtually all aspects of their farm operations including, optimal farm practices, seed performance, inputs pricing and commodity markets. The FBN Network also provides business specific tools that allow farmers to put their own data to use in managing their business operations. How does FBN use my data? FBN uses your data for the following purposes which are required to provide you with the benefits of the FBN Network, including but not limited to: Creating your FBN account Providing you with FBN Network features, such as access to the Crop Marketing platform where you can view bids and submit offers to WPE, view your contracts & scale tickets, eSign contracts, have daily access to market intelligence reports, and manage your production data while viewing additional at-a-glance details like target breakeven and percent contracted & available. Providing operational and technical support, including improving or enhancing our products and services to you Communicating with you, such as sending you electronic notifications regarding your grain bid and offers, and for marketing purposes such as offering products and services to you in accordance with applicable law. Conducting research and analytics that help our FBN Members make better decisions on their farms Complying with our legal and regulatory requirements Protecting the rights, property, safety or security of the FBN Network, our FBN Members, employees or others and prevent fraud or illegal activity Enforcing or applying our Terms of Service . Can WPE access the data I add to my FBN account? No. FBN does not and will not share data you add to your account with third parties, including WPE. WPE can only see the offers you submit directly to the WPE merchandising team. In that case, your Merchandiser would see the offer you submitted. Who can I talk to if I have questions? Feel free to reach out to either FBN or WPE with any questions you may have. If you have questions about the app or need help getting started, reach out to FBN s Success Team for WPE Growers. Dahn Clemens | p: (605) 307-9914 | dclemens@farmersbusinessnetwork.com Tory Johnson | p: (605) 307-9914 | tjohnson@farmersbusinessnetwork.com If your questions are specific to WPE or your WPE account, please reach out to: Greg Doll | p: (785) 672-7079 | gdoll@wpellc.com Feature FAQs My Sales After you open the app, to view your WPE sales data simply tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap My Sales at the top of the Market screen. Contracts Where can I see my WPE contracts? Tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap on My Sales at the top of the Market screen. My Sales will open and you will just need to make certain the dropdown menu is displaying Contracts to view all of your imported WPE contracts. What can I do if I don’t see all of my WPE contracts in my FBN account? Sometimes, contract information does not refresh automatically. On the My Sales tab, change the “All” filter to something else and then change it back to “All” which will refresh the information being displayed. How can I see how many bushels are left to deliver on a contract? Scroll through your contracts and find the one you have delivery questions about. Tap on it, and it will display details of the contract including total contracted volume, delivery period, and bushels remaining. Tickets Where do I go to see my scale tickets? Tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap on My Sales at the top of the Market screen. My Sales will open and you will just need to make certain the dropdown menu is displaying Tickets to view all of your imported WPE scale tickets. How do I see what specific tickets were applied to a contract? Scroll through your contracts and find the one you have questions about. Tap on it, and it will open and display details of the contract including. Scroll down to the end of the contract and you will see the tickets section which will list the tickets that have been applied to the contract. You can also tap on the ticket to view the specific details of that delivery. Settlements Where can I see my settlements Tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap on My Sales at the top of the Market screen. My Sales will open and you will just need to make certain the dropdown menu is displaying Settlements to view all of your imported WPE settlements. How do I see what specific settlements were applied to a contract? Scroll through your contracts and find the one you have questions about. Tap on it, and it will open and display details of the contract. Scroll to almost the end of the contract and you will see the Settlement section which will list the settlements that have been applied to the contract. You can also tap on a settlement to view the specific details of that delivery. Bids Where can I go to see WPE bids? Tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap on Bids at the top of the Market screen. Bids will open and will automatically display elevators near you, including your nearest WPE facilities. How can I favorite my preferred delivery locations Simply tap the star next to the location you want to favorite. Once you have selected a favorite the star will become solid blue. You can also remove the favorite at any time by tapping on the star again. The favorites feature allows you to indicate your most preferred delivery locations and automatically bring those facilities to top of your list of bids.  To get more detail on your favorites you can press on the Favorites tab, directly right of Cash Bids. By clicking this tab it will bring you to a view with only your favorited locations. In this view you have the advantage of seeing a certain location's bids over a 6 month periods. The delivery period can be adjusted in the dropdown directly underneath the Favorites tab.  An additional feature in the favorites tab are basis charts for specific locations. By clicking on the delivery a new screen will appear with a basis chart. The graph displays three different data  sets over the past 12 months:  the locations' basis history, the regional average and the five year average. You can get out of this view by clicking the X in the top right corner. How can I set a Price Alert? From the Bids screen, tap on the Set Price Alert button. After tapping, a new screen will appear allowing you to customize the alert to meet your expectations. You can choose from cash, basis, or futures pricing. As well as the target price and alert frequency. Where can I find basis charts?  To find the basis charts/mapping tool, tap on the Market icon at the bottom of the app, and then tap on Bids at the top of the Market screen. On the Bids screen switch from CASH BIDS to FAVORITES . Then select a location and tap on a delivery period . A new screen will appear with an interactive basis chart. You are able to toggle throughout the graph to see past data and trends. FBN Market Advisory services  are offered by FBN BR LLC - NFA ID: 0508695.   Disclaimer: Please note that FBN merely serves to facilitate your communication with third party grain buyers and not as your agent or a party to any contract you enter into with any grain buyer. FBN has no control over, or liability for, the delivery, quality, prices, payment, legality or any other aspect of any grain transaction between you and a third party grain buyer. Neither FBN or any of its affiliates are responsible for ensuring that any third party grain buyer you transact with will complete the transaction or is authorized to do so. If you experience a problem with any goods or services purchased from, or sold to, a third party grain buyer using the FBN website or mobile application, or if you have a dispute with such a third party grain buyer, you should resolve the dispute directly with that third party grain buyer. All information, publications, and reports, including this specific material, used and distributed by FBN BR LLC shall be construed as a solicitation. FBN BR LLC does not distribute research reports, employ research analysts, or maintain a research department as defined in CFTC Regulation 1.71. For the purposes of quality assurance and compliance, phone calls to and from FBN BR LLC may be recorded.  Contact 877-472-4607 for more information. Copyright © 2014-2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Report Grain Marketing

Releasing the 2022 U.S. Acreage Report

27 June 2022

by FBN Network

Providing critical intelligence based on the collective actions of our farmer members is a key mission of Farmers Business Network®. That’s why we’re excited to share our annual June Acreage Report as a deliverable to help you make critical crop marketing decisions ahead of USDA’s Acreage Report on June 30th.  Despite some weather-related planting delays in the Northern Plains, we found that increased acreage in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio likely helped push the corn acreage number above the USDA's March reading of 90.4 million acres, up from USDA’s March estimate of 89.5.  Soybean acres are pegged at 89.0 million acres, off from USDA’s March forecast of 91.0 million, also pegged to weather in the Dakotas.  Download the 2022 U.S. Acreage Report “The USDA report usually drives volatility that's three to four times greater than a typical trading day," said Kevin McNew, Chief Economist at FBN®.  "With the weather challenges across the country and an uncertain economic climate, our Acreage Report aims to provide our farmer members with the most comprehensive data and intelligence ahead of this report so they can make the best decisions for their operations," said McNew.  Grain markets continue to be on edge as we reach the midpoint of the US growing season. In March, USDA’s Prospective Plantings report suggested farmers intended to plant less corn and more soybeans than in 2021, with forecasted US corn acres at 89.5 million acres and soybeans at 91.0 million acres. They will release their latest acreage estimates on July 1 based on their farmer survey conducted in early June.  Farmer summary We asked members what their actual planted acres were across 9 key crops. Here are some of the key findings from the survey. Corn  Corn acres are expected to climb to 90.4 million acres, up from USDA’s March estimate of 89.5. While corn acres were down by 500,000 in North Dakota and South Dakota versus the March estimate due to poor planting weather, other states were either mostly unchanged to higher. Key states increasing corn acres versus March were Minnesota (up 400,000), Indiana (up 200,000), Ohio (up 200,000), and Wisconsin (up 200,000). Soybeans Soybean acres are pegged at 89.0 million acres, off from USDA’s March forecast of 91.0 million. Again, weather caused North and South Dakota farmers to plant less soybeans by 500,000 acres versus March’s forecast, but other states also pulled back on soy plantings as some switched more into corn, cotton and spring wheat. What it means for the farmer Many farmers have faced challenges this spring as unusually cold and wet weather handicapped planting progress in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains. Meanwhile, in the Southwest Plains, persistent drought took its toll on winter wheat yield potential, and likely influenced some spring planting decisions as farmers sized up the risks of the drought extending into the summer. Get the free report If you'd like to read the full report, get your free copy today. Members can access this report and more in the  Reports section  of the  FBN  app. FBN Market Advisory services are offered by FBN BR LLC, dba FBN Brokerage, FBN BR and FBN Market Advisory - NFA ID: 0508695 Disclaimer: The views and opinions are solely those of the author as of the date of publication, are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions, will not be updated or supplemented after the date hereof and may not necessarily come to pass. The views and opinions expressed herein do not reflect those of all personnel at FBN BR LLC (FBN) or the views of the Farmer's Business Network Inc. as a whole. FBN makes no representations, warranties, or guarantees as to this content. Any charts and graphs provided are for illustrative purposes only. Any performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All investments involve risks, including the possible loss of principal. Commodity trading, including futures, hedging and speculating, involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. All information, publications, and reports, including this specific material, used and distributed by FBN BR LLC shall be construed as a solicitation. The information and data provided comes from sources believed to be reliable but FBN BR LLC does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Copyright © 2014-2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


16 June 2022

by FBN Network

Today we're excited to announce the start of construction on Farmers Business Network®'s new 198,000 square foot distribution facility in Saskatoon. Once completed in November 2022, the facility will be one of the largest agricultural product distribution facilities in Canada. Supporting logistics operations throughout FBN’s regional network, the facility will offer local farmers convenient access to faster, even more reliable on-site delivery of essential farm inputs exactly when they need them. FBN Improving Supply Access, Reliability for Canadian Farmers With the launch of our new Saskatoon facility later this year, FBN will have fulfillment centers within 400 kilometers of the vast majority of our more than 6,000 farmer members who represent 20 million acres in Canada. “We are very happy to welcome the Farmers Business Network Canadian logistics hub to Saskatoon,” says Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark. "It strengthens our ability to be a major food production epicenter, helping meet the demands of a growing world. This demonstrates industry confidence in our city and in the expertise and talent we have here.” Serving as the main fulfillment center for FBN in Saskatoon, the new facility at 123 Prospect Rd, Corman Park, SK, will also serve as a hub for smaller logistics networks throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “This excellent location and workforce in Saskatoon are strong assets as we continue the expansion of the modern, reliable logistics network that helps farmers reduce uncertainty and drive profit potential,” says FBN Canada Country Manager Breen Neeser. Using Data to Proactively Address Potential Supply Shortages  At FBN , we understand how challenging it can be to get the supplies you need, especially amid shortages at critical times throughout the season. To address this issue, we’ve invested heavily in developing the first modern logistics network in agriculture to use data science in the creation of an agile system for the efficient movement of critical farm inputs. Our market analysis team harnesses the power of farmer data to directly contribute to farmer profitability. By aggregating and analyzing critical data points including regional weather patterns, national supply trends, direct farmer feedback, and other key market insights , FBN’s logistics network identifies potential shortages and can rapidly redistribute inventory to maintain sufficient supplies. Knowing that our facilities will remain stocked, farmers can expect consistent, convenient deliveries even when widespread supply chain disruptions jeopardize delivery reliability from older systems. “Traditional warehousing of inputs may put farmers at risk – in that the products they need have sold out and won’t be available until a new shipment arrives, damaging their profit potential for the whole season," explains Jack Cox, vice president of global fulfillment and logistics at FBN . "We use data to understand when a potential shortage is emerging so we can address it in real-time with our network of logistics centers, as happened earlier this year when FBN kept key inputs like Glyphosate in stock to serve our members during a shortage this spring.” [Need key supplies for your farm operations? Shop FBN Direct online anywhere, anytime and enjoy the convenience of crop protection products delivered direct to your farm.] Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network,” “FBN,“, “Farmers First”, “FBN Direct,” “F2F Genetics Network”, “Pro Ag”, and “Professional Ag Distributors” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates.


22 Apr 2022

by FBN Network

With current global volatility, what Canadian farmers are planting will be a significant driver of agricultural markets. Planting intentions for 2022 will be closely followed. The FBN® Canada Plantings Report provides one of the first major survey-based estimates of Canadian farmers’ planting intentions for the year.  From late March through April 18, FBN polled Canadian farmers about planting intentions. The survey collected the respondent’s postal code, as well as planted acreage for key crops for the year 2021 and intentions for 2022. Survey responses that were missing or that provided inconsistent data were removed from the results. Responses were aggregated across provinces. Year-on-year changes by province and crop were then computed as well. The following maps show acreage changes versus last year.  There were several goals of the survey but most importantly, we want to deliver on the FBN promise of putting farmers first. That means enriching all the survey responses with analytics and data science to return insights back to our Members, helping them make knowledgeable decisions that drive an ROI focused business. We remove all personal and operational related details from survey responses. And the resulting data is maintained as confidential and exclusive to FBN . Farmer summary The report was slightly bullish on canola. It projects canola acreage will be at 21.2 million acres compared to 22.5 million acres in 2021 (a 6% decline year-over-year).  Producers in Saskatchewan will see the largest decline, largely in favor of spring wheat.  Patience is viewed as the path forward for canola. The global situation has not improved from a supply standpoint and with risk present for Ukraine’s crop, the EU could be a key buyer of Canadian canola. FBN’s report is neutral to slightly bullish on spring wheat. Spring wheat production is expected to be up 10% with 18.2 million acres planted compared to only 16.5 million last year.  With global supply concerns still top of mind, the balance sheet heading into the 2022 planting season is tight but the bias is still supportive of wheat prices.  The outlook for barley is slightly bullish. Barley acreage will dip 9% from last year with projected acres to be about 7.5 million versus 8.3 million acres in 2021.  Barley prices are attractive for this year with another year of strong cash bids expected. With the situation in Ukraine still volatile, their supplies will likely be limited but patience is still warranted.  Get the free report If you'd like to read the full report, download your copy today. Disclaimer: Commodity trading involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. FBN Crop Marketing Canada Inc. does not guarantee any specific benefits or value from participating in FBN Crop Marketing Advisory; results will vary. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN,", "Farmers First", "FBN Direct," "F2F Genetics Network", "Pro Ag", and "Professional Ag Distributors" are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates.


06 Apr 2022

by FBN Network

Learn about  some of the exciting ways that we are getting ready for planting season to support our FBN® members in this webinar.  Meet our team of experts Meg Brodman - Our Moderator and Senior Director, Product Marketing Luiz Beling - President, FBN Direct Global Jack Cox - VP, Global Fulfillment & Logistics Hiro Ellis - Director, Product Management Marc-Andre Fortin - North America Category Manager Brad Roberts - Senior Product Marketing Manager - Seed and Digital Technology What you’ll learn 1. State of agriculture Our recent special report on The State of Agriculture in 2022 provided some key takeaways for farmers to consider: Grain markets will smash records highs in 2022 U.S. acreage shifts are not likely to derail price strength Biofuels provide short and long-game to agriculture growth Farmers are facing rising costs and limited profit growth 2. Product supply Supply chain issues are creating product availability challenges but FBN is vertically integrated and we plan ahead by: Having our own technical and end-use farmer product registrations Formulating product in-country or importing finished goods Delivering direct to your farm and passing value on to you 3. Online store experience We’re excited to introduce a new and easy fbn.com experience that helps you: Easily navigate the site Find the products you’re looking for Track your order with transparent delivery times 4. Logistics network  The FBN Logistics Network is the foundation for the building blocks of rural delivery. Here’s our why it matters: Built on integrated data, technology and process-driven operations FBN’s physical presence promotes speed, agility and consistency Our delivery experience is not found anywhere else in agriculture Watch now Get your season started Our Stock Up Event will help you get your season off to a great start. Just visit our Shop page to take advantage of some of these great deals: 1. New member discount New FBN members are eligible to receive $750 off their first order of $15,000 or more. See terms and conditions .  2. Operating line program When you close an Operating Line with FBN® Finance, you can get 5% off Glyphosate (4 totes/72 case max). See terms and conditions . 3. Golden cart 4% off for a limited time. Purchase $2,000 or more of 3 qualifying categories to receive 4% off your order! See terms and conditions .  Copyright © 2014-2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network", "FBN", "Farmers First"," "FBN Direct", "F2F", and "F2F Genetics Network" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC in USA and by Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. in Canada and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LCC is licensed and in provinces where Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. If applicable, please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state/provincial law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state/provincial law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state/provincial and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license to use restricted use pesticides. Please consult your state department of agriculture or the equivalent state/provincial authority for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted use pesticides, as some products require specific record-keeping requirements. Disclaimer: The material provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax, business, legal, investment or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified tax advisor, CPA, financial planner, or investment manager. Neither Farmer's Business Network, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


05 Apr 2022

by FBN Network

One of the commitments we’ve made at FBN is to do everything we can to help farmers and farming communities thrive. That’s one of the reasons we launched the FBN Community First Program for Canadian FBN members. What is the FBN Community First program? This program is a true win-win for farmers and their local communities. When Canadian farmers shop on FBN Direct®, they’ll not only have access to competitively priced input options, they’ll see a percentage of every sale donated to a project that matters to their community. So money spent in your community stays in your community. How it works A percentage of every dollar goes towards a Community First project in the geographic area where FBN Direct inputs were purchased. FBN members submit applications to raise funds for local projects in their community. If the project is chosen, you will champion the plans and efforts to result in the project’s success. Applications are reviewed bi-annually (March & October). FBN will then announce which project submissions were successful and schedule a launch meeting to kick off the project. Projects are then funded for a six-month period. Learn more about the FBN Community First Program for Canadian FBN members Successful projects* Here are just a few examples of successful projects that have been funded through the FBN Community First Program. Community centre - Atwater, SK Community First helped add a wheelchair ramp and small deck to the Atwater Community Centre. This provided a more-inclusive gathering space for the community to enjoy for years to come. (Image of Atwater Community Hall provided by Adam Littman) Train station restoration - Edam, SK The Community First program helped fix this historic 1912 built train station. This was the first building many pioneers saw when heading west. The original design was the model for train stations across western Canada until World War II. With a newly repaired roof, the station will continue to inspire new settlers to Edam. (Image of Train Station Restoration provided by Brett Blaquiere) School program - Milk River, AB The small community of Milk River may only have a population of 890 people but it's a community that is full of pride when it comes to athletics. The local high school, Erie Rivers, needed to expand its gymnasium and that’s where the Community First program came into play.  While the gym is only big enough to play basketball, the building’s space will soon be filled with passionate fans sitting in the bleachers. Go Erle Rivers Comets & Novas! How to get involved Applications will be reviewed by FBN ’s leadership team and Account Executives twice a year. Once project submissions are chosen by FBN , a launch meeting will be held to get the project started.  If your project is chosen, you will drive the plans and efforts to bring your project to life. As the project champion, you’ll be directly responsible for the success of your project with support from FBN as well. .  Submit your application to be considered for the next round. Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. and are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. and are available only in provinces where Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Not available in Quebec. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply.  *FBN® is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with any of the organizations or the projects listed.. No tax receipts are issued as part of the Community First Program.


31 Mar 2022

by FBN Network

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Please read these rules before entering the 2022 Canada Planting Poll Contest (the “ Contest ”). You agree that, by submitting an entry, you will be  bound by these Official Rules and you acknowledge that you satisfy all Contest eligibility requirements.  No purchase required. Contest begins on  March 31, 2022, 6 a.m. Central Time until 10 p.m Central Time on April 22nd, 2022. There are a total of 25 prizes available to be won, all of which are a $100USD Amazon Gift Card. Skill-testing question required. Open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are of age of majority in the province or territory of residence at time of entry. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received before the contest closes. Full rules and entry details available at: fbn.com/community/blog/planting-poll-contest-rules-canada Eligibility . This Contest is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the time of entry, with the exception of employees of FBN Crop Marketing Canada, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and their spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren (“immediate family members”), and Sponsor’s affiliates, advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members) and all other companies associated with the Contest, and their respective agents, officers, and directors, and all individuals, including, but not limited to, consultants, independent contractors, so-called “temporary employees,” former employees and interns (and their immediate family members) who have, within the past six months, performed services for Sponsor are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. How to Enter. You may enter the Contest from March 31, 2022, 6 a.m. Central Time until 10 p.m Central Time on April 22nd, 2022 (the “Contest Period”) by completing the Canada Planting Poll survey, entering your email address and correctly answering a skill-testing question. You must complete the registration process in its entirety, including providing a valid email address. No entries will be accepted after the entry deadlines.  One (1) entry per person during the entire Contest. Entries may not be acknowledged. Incomplete surveys or invalid email addresses contained in the entry shall render the entry null and void. Other Promotions . Sponsor may be running a similar Contest at the same time as this Contest. By entering this Contest, you will not be eligible to receive any prize awarded in any other Contest unless you enter each Contest separately. PRIZES: Twenty-five (25) prizes will be awarded in this Promotion. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Registrants. The contest prizes will consist of: One Amazon digital gift card, valued at $100USD per winner All prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable, and are not redeemable, exchangeable or substitutable for cash. All taxes and other expenses associated with a prize (unless otherwise stated herein) are each winner’s sole responsibility. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Sponsor is not responsible for any lost shipment, or damage during shipment, prize quality, utility or otherwise. All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT SPONSOR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). WINNER SELECTION: Winners will be selected in a random contest on April 30th, 2022. Winners will be notified by email by April 31st. Sponsor or its designee will notify the potential winner by phone or email within 72 hours following the contest, and each potential winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity and Image Release. All selected winners are deemed potential winners pending verification of their eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Limit one prize per person/household. Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Contest. Skill-testing Question.   Entrants will be required, as a condition of winning a prize, to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, the Sponsor’s time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question in accordance with the instructions provided in the Canada Planting Poll survey. Restrictions. Prizes are nonrefundable and nontransferable. The prizes may not be replaceable if lost, damaged or stolen. Sponsor is not required to (but may at its sole discretion) offer any substitutions, cash redemptions, or alternative to prizes awarded under this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event a prize is unavailable. All prizes awarded are subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prizes and/or included with the prizes. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. . The Sponsor is not a tax professional and will not provide tax advice. Any difference between the stated estimated value of a prize and its actual value will not be awarded. Winners agree to accept prize “as is.” Ownership.  All ownership of any ideas or designs submitted or generated therefrom shall be the property of Sponsor.  If for any reason Sponsor’s ownership is not recognized, by entering the Contest you hereby grant a perpetual, royalty-free global license to the ideas and designs submitted and any derivatives or improvements thereof created by Sponsor. Additional Terms. We may, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and in our sole discretion, change these rules or cancel the Contest at any time; or modify, terminate, or suspend the Contest should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond our control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the Contest or submission of entries. We are not responsible for: (a) lost, incomplete, or unintelligible entries or for inaccurate entry information, whether caused by you or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of entries; (b) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (c) any error in the operation or transmission, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; or (d) injury or damage to your or any other computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Contest. We may, in our sole discretion, disqualify any individual found to be: tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website; acting in violation of these rules; or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. If your entry is false, incomplete or if you use robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods, your entry will be void. Entries that are late, lost, stolen, illegible, contain false information, are damaged, misdirected, mutilated, garbled or incomplete, altered or otherwise irregular or that do not conform with or satisfy any or all of the conditions of the Contest Rules are void. The authorized subscriber of the e-mail account used to enter the Contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these rules in the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account. The authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domains associated with the submitted e-mail addresses. No greater than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. If any technical errors occur in the selection of any potential prize winner or if more prizes are claimed than the number of prizes being awarded as provided in these Official Rules, we may award the prize by random drawing from among all eligible claimants. Law. The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable Canadian federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and local laws. This Contest shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the province of Alberta, including all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest rules, rights and obligations between entrants and the Sponsor, and procedural provisions, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Any dispute shall be adjudicated by the courts sitting in Alberta". Rule Amendments. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend or modify these Contest Rules, or modify, cancel or suspend this Contest, without prior notice for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation in the event that any cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupts, or threatens to corrupt, the security or proper administration of the Contest. Miscellaneous. If you win a  prize, you may not transfer, assign, or redeem the prize for cash. Each winner agrees (for himself or herself and his or her heirs) that, by accepting the prize, we, along with our affiliates and agents, will have no liability, and will be held harmless by the winner for any liability, loss, injury, or damage to property or person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in the Contest, even if caused or contributed to by our negligence. You agree that our decisions related to the Contest and all drawings are final. Each winner agrees that, by participating in the Contest, we may use the winner’s name, image, or likeness in any manner and in any medium for our promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law, and we may be required to disclose the winner’s address to state regulatory authorities. Privacy Policy. Any personal information supplied by any entrant to the Sponsor will be subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy located at: https://www.fbn.com/privacy-policy Winners' List and Official Rules. Individuals may request the names of Winners by emailing a request by July 1, 2022 to:  crop-marketing@farmersbusinessnetwork.com To receive a copy of the Official Rules, email a request to the email address above with the subject line 2022 Canada Planting Poll Contest Rules Request. Sponsor . FBN Crop Marketing Canada, Inc., Box 5607, 120 - 1st Street SW, Bay D High River, Alberta T1V 1M7 Copyright Notice. The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2022 Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights are reserved.