Author

Mark Wilson

Mark grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada where he worked on farms as a teenager. With degrees in History and Journalism from Western University and Algonquin College, he was destined to write. He moved to Central Illinois in 2011 and feels right at home because he’s surrounded by corn and soybeans as far as the eye can see.

At FBN, Mark is the Content Marketing Manager where he strives to create compelling stories that speak to the needs of farmers who want to become more independent and profitable.


Article Farmer Perspective

Why I Chose FBN: Mark Huffman, Driver

16 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

Our ‘Why I Chose FBN®’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  FBN , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. When did you join FBN , what is your current role at FBN , where are you based, and what are your responsibilities?  I joined FBN in April 2022 as a Driver and I’m based out of Newton, IA. I drive a straight truck or semi-truck to deliver orders to the farmers. I really enjoy the one-on-one time I get with the farmers and I make an effort to visit with each of them; that’s just an extra special touch that you won't get from other companies. Plus, I get to try out their fresh milk or cheese from straight off the farm.    What was your previous work experience before joining FBN ?  I have over 45 years of truck driving experience. I actually started driving a straight truck at 7 years old for my grandfather on the farm. I would drive 1 mile to the elevator and then hop out of the truck and I was given cookies and a soda pop. Eventually, I joined the US Army and in my time drove and was a mechanic for the service. I started a truck driving company and then had various other driving and warehouse jobs. Through my time in those warehouse jobs, I learned about chemicals and about visiting with farmers which was great because that is more my nature. I love to greet people with a, “good morning, how are you?” and if anyone is ever having a bad day, I take the time to listen. As such, I have a great following of farmers from the relationships I’ve built over the years.  What did you first find compelling about FBN that led you to want to learn more?  Kevin Feeney’s persistence saying “I’ve heard about what you do and how you treat people.” I put him off for a few months and then appreciated the persistence. I had heard so many good things about FBN . I’d never heard of unlimited time off. I’ve been a manager myself in the past, and I really appreciated how persistent Kevin was in building the right team.    Why did you ultimately decide to join FBN ? What did this thought process look like for you?  Finally, after doing more research and talking to my wife, we both thought it was “too good to be true,” but I was ready for a change. I thought I was in my retirement job, working from 6 - 2, until finding FBN . Now of course I work longer hours, but I enjoy being at FBN . The benefits were so great and Kevin’s persistence really intrigued me. I also took the time to stop FBN drivers and other employees as I came across them to ask them about the company. They all spoke of the flexibility at FBN , and the willingness to accommodate you as a person, instead of you as just a number. Ultimately, that influenced my decision to join FBN .  Now that you’ve joined, how would you describe life at FBN ?  I have turned to recruiting. I have told farmers and at least 10 different drivers about FBN . I have no reason to make this up - it is just the truth! I truly enjoy the people and the atmosphere at FBN . What kind of impact are you and your team having on the company’s future?   We move the business forward because of the relationships between the drivers and the people we are delivering to.  How does FBN’s mission come to life in your day-to-day work? How does your work positively impact farmers?  Us being able to deliver within a few days of order. The farmers are shocked that they are getting products so quickly. We, as FBN , have our own trucks and equipment. We are standing up to what our word is by getting things to customers as quickly as possible.  We know you have a life outside of work - what kinds of things do you do for fun?  I’m an avid motorcyclist. I love camping. I love spending time with my family. I have 7 kids and 18 grand babies.  What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone considering FBN ? If you’re looking for a secure job and peace of mind at a family-oriented business, pick FBN hands down! I wish I would have found this job 20 years ago. I would tell people, “Make sure you are ready to work at your forever job.” It has just been a real pleasure.  What is one thing you are looking forward to in the future at FBN ?  I’m looking forward to actually utilizing the benefits and not being nervous about taking time off. It’s hard to go from having “x” amount of days to use, to having the flexibility to take the time that you need, when you need it. I’m glad that FBN encourages people to take advantage of the time off policy. FBN is really trying to make the best work environment for their people.  What made you want to join the "Veterans @ FBN " Employee Resource Group? I'm interested in this group to show support for my fellow Veterans who might, with the help of others with shared experiences, make it through one more day; and give hope to a person who feels there's no hope left. Why do you celebrate National Veterans and Military Families Month? To express my thanks and honor to those who served before me. Giving their life and limbs for everyone they fought for both foreign and domestic. My father and his father, his brother and my brothers, my mom and sisters. I am proud to call myself an American. Where freedom has never been free. We have fought and earned our place in history; however big or small our jobs were in the service. Thank you to all Veterans and the private workers. Thank you all for supporting them. Want to work for FBN? Outstanding companies are built by outstanding people. The FBN team goes to work everyday to ensure American farmers stay profitable while they feed the world. Learn more about the open roles available at FBN. Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, Farmers First flag logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Terms and conditions apply.


15 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

When it’s time to buy Ag chemicals for your operation, there are a lot of decisions to be made. There are also a lot of things to remember. The good news is that buying ag inputs , crop protection, crop nutrition and seed products is easy when you purchase through FBN Direct® .  FBN Direct gives farmers the visibility, transparency and confidence to make smart and efficient choices when purchasing inputs. When you shop with FBN Direct , you’ll see comprehensive information on thousands of Ag products and be able to easily compare prices between chemicals using the same active ingredient.  There’s never been a better time to buy inputs online. This checklist will help you keep track of the five things to remember when buying chem online. 1. Consider generic vs. branded Ag chemicals While it may be easy to think that a branded product is better than a generic product, that’s not always the case.  While generic products are not identical to their branded equivalents, they tend to be very similar in terms of performance. In fact, to receive an EPA registration, a generic product must have the same technical make-up as the branded version. Often generic and branded products are even manufactured by the same companies. Generic companies routinely perform field trials to evaluate their products against the branded equivalents. And because generic manufacturers must use EPA approved surfactants and inert ingredients in their formulation, they do not use lower quality surfactants.  2. Consider FBN Acre Packs When you’re thinking about your crop plan, you need to factor in the quantity and size of your purchase. Determining what you need to buy is now even easier when you’re shopping at FBN Direct .  FBN Acre Packs are a new and innovative way to give you control over your crop inputs plan with simple online tools that allow you to plan, order and save up to an additional 5% off your order .  ​​Picking your pack is as easy as three simple steps: a. Plan your Pack  FBN Acre Packs will help guide you to the seed, crop protection and crop nutrition products labeled for your crop. You’ll be able to build your Pack directly online with the flexibility to pick the right products for your operation. b. Order your Pack Ditch complicated math and let FBN Acre Packs do the work for you. Input your acres and select your rate from the labeled range. FBN Acre Packs automatically calculate how much you need and will display your cost per unit and per acre.  c. Save The more you buy, the more you’ll unlock upfront discounts. Never get burned with a rebate bundle again.  [Read more: Introducing New FBN Acre Packs: Controlling Your Crop Plan is Simple] 3. Submit your paperwork Check your FBN member profile to see if you’ve provided all of the necessary information required before checking out on your next order.  You may need to provide some of the following documentation: Upload any relevant tax exemption forms for your operation Review and sign the Master Distribution Agreement (MDA) Submit the Grower Technology Agreement if you plan on purchasing traited seed If you plan to purchase crop protection, upload Crop Protection Compliance paperwork, aka Restricted Use Product (RUP) certificate Complete either the RUP certificate requirements for yourself or on someone else’s behalf by uploading a photo of the RUP license [ Upload your Crop Protection Compliance paperwork to your profile. ] 4.Know what you’re paying for Our modern logistics network has fulfillment and logistics centers located around North America and beyond to ensure a dedicated supply chain for agriculture.  FBN Direct brought price transparency to the Ag industry that allows our 48,000+ member farmers to see market averages, quotes and invoiced prices on thousands of inputs.  It’s not only changing the way farmers like you are doing business on your operation, it’s helping you secure huge savings along the way.  It’s easy to use the app and the way it compares the prices. I took the prices from FBN on the products I wanted to use this year to my local retailer and it was almost $13,000 in savings to go with FBN. It’s an unbelievable tool. Jeremy Edger, FBN Member from Ohio And with so many quality products to choose from on the FBN store, you can get both generic and branded products that directly pass on the savings to your operation.  [Read more: 6 Things You’re Missing If You’re Not Buying from FBN Direct] 5. Plan your delivery date One of the benefits of ordering from FBN Direct is that you’re in control of when your product is delivered. Schedule the time that is right for your operation to have direct-to-farm delivery. Select your preferred delivery date when checking out and our team will bring your order on the scheduled delivery date.  With FBN Direct, you’re in control.  [Read more: Three Myths About Buying Ag Chemicals in the Winter] Take control of your Ag Chem needs With an incredibly diverse crop nutrition product portfolio, FBN Direct has the crop protection products you need. Now’s the time to check out what you’ve been missing. Become an FBN member today.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, “FBN Direct” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC 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.


04 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

After 3 long years, Farmer2Farmer is back. And it’s bigger, better and bolder than ever! FBN® is excited to return with Farmer2Farmer VI hosted in Omaha, NE from December 6-8, 2022.  While a global pandemic and other unprecedented challenges prevented us from meeting face-to-face, we’re committed to connecting you to the power of the network. [ Learn more about Farmer2Farmer V1, our 2022 event, by clicking here . We look forward to seeing you December 6-8, 2022 in Omaha, Nebraska!] Join us in Omaha to experience how we’re putting farmers first by combining tech-forward resources with transparency on the staples you need (seed, nutrients, inputs and more). And come to hear some amazing speakers like legendary NAVY Seal Jocko Willink and Alex Honnold, one of the most amazing rock climbers in the world. You don’t need many more reasons to attend other than hearing Jocko and Alex speak at the event. We’ll be announcing more speakers to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss Farmer2Farmer in Omaha this December. 1. Powerful networking Where else will you have a chance to connect with fellow farmers to discuss the topics we’ll be discussing at the event? You’ll be able to talk to farmers from across the U.S., Canada, Australia and connect with FBN experts to hear different perspectives and new ideas about farming, technology, and all things ag-related. F2F has become a post-harvest tradition for farmers. Come for the speakers, stay for the conversations.  2. Exciting keynotes + speakers Whether you’re sitting in a room of only 20 people or 3,000, there is no better feeling than sharing the common experience of learning, looking at fellow farmers when an amazing idea or insight connects with you and simply sharing laughter together. It’s time for us all to reconnect and remember why farming is so important. Our keynote speakers will expand your knowledge and being together with a group of like-minded farmers will expand your sense of connection and community.  World-renowned leadership expert Jocko Willink and legendary free climber Alex Honnold are sure to bring inspiring insights. And presentations from other prominent ag and livestock industry experts will be right on par.  3. Access to innovation See the latest tech, products or offerings all three days from the FBN® research network and industry trendsetters on the tradeshow floor.  Over three days, you’ll have the ability to see many different talks and interact with a variety of people. The FBN team has chosen a diverse group of talks and sessions that will expand your knowledge and interests and collectivity help farmers learn more.  4. Deep learning Join special FBN- U educational sessions and producer panels led by experts in: Risk management Agronomic trends Livestock Premium programs Climate Insurance And more 5. Food + drink + celebrations Stay energized with Happy Hours, parties and more! The tradeshow and special events are a big component of Farmer2Farmer. The opening keynote, tradeshow and parties draw farmers, industry professionals and exhibitors alike.  At the end of the day, join us for food, a cold beverage and intimate happy hours with fellow farmers and FBN experts.  BONUS: Swag Everyone loves a good swag bag and you won’t be disappointed at the amazing and cool swag we’ll be giving away. But to get free swag, you’ll have to attend the event!  If you’ve never attended a past Farmer2Farmer event , you certainly won’t want to miss the return of one of the best farming events in the world.  Get your tickets today Farmer2Farmer VI is bigger, better and bolder than ever. Get your tickets today.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. "Farmers Business Network", "FBN", “FBN Direct”, "Farmers First" and the Farmers First flag logo are registered service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc.


04 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

Jodi Baetsle, FBN® Health program manager, asks health broker Jeanie Cunningham the questions you need answered in order to decide if coverage through FBN Health is right for you, your family and your employees.  [ Ready to Apply? Visit https://fbn.com/insurance/health-insurance and click “Get a Quote.”] What You’ll Learn in This Webinar: What kind of plans are available? What makes FBN Health different? Do I need to change my doctor if I get coverage through FBN Health? What’s new for 2023? How can FBN Health help keep costs down for farmers? How do I apply? Watch Now Ready to Apply? Visit FBN Health and click “Get a Quote.” Still have questions? Call (877) 892-3303 to speak directly with a broker. FBN does not offer traditional health insurance. But while we do not offer traditional health insurance, we do offer FBN Health. FBN Health is marketed by FBN Insurance LLC. FBN Insurance LLC is not a licensed insurance company or agency and its employees and representatives are not licensed life and health insurance agents. Policies marketed by FBN Health are level-funded group health benefit plans offered and administered by Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. (“BPA”) that are available only where BPA is licensed. If you submit the Get A Quote Form, a licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you on behalf of BPA. You cannot obtain coverage under a health plan until you complete and submit an application for the plan and your application is approved and accepted by BPA. Eligibility and benefit exclusions and limitations apply. FBN Health is currently available in all 50 states.


01 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

When it comes time to think about your crop plan, wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple online tool to help you control it? That’s why we created our new FBN® Acre Packs .  FBN Acre Packs are a way to give you more control over your crop plan by using a simple online tools that allows you to plan, order and save up to an additional 5% off .  Acre Packs are available for all of our customers but differ slightly by country.  U.S. farmers For farmers in the U.S., you’ll have the option to build Acre Packs for: Corn Soybeans Cotton Wheat Rice Canadian farmers For Canadian farmers, you’ll be able to build Acre Packs for: Wheat   Barley Canola Peas Lentils Winter Wheat Corn Soybeans How it works When it’s time to pick your Pack, just follow these simple steps: Plan Build your Pack directly online. FBN Acre Packs will help guide you to the seed, crop protection and crop nutrition products labeled for your crop. You’ll still have the built-in flexibility to pick the crop Pack that’s right for your operation. Now, you’ll have another way to have more control over your crop plan.  Order Input your acres and select your rate from the labeled range. There’s no complicated math involved because FBN Acre Packs do the work for you. The Acre Pack will automatically calculate how much you need to buy AND display your cost per unit and per acre for any configuration you try.  BONUS: when it’s time to checkout, schedule individual delivery dates for each product.  Save Lock-in additional savings of up to 5% off when you pick your pack. The more you buy, the more you’ll unlock upfront discounts. Now, you’ll never get burned out with rebate bundles again.  [Shop conveniently anywhere, anytime online or through the FBN mobile app with transparent list prices and delivery direct to your farm]  Build your Acre Pack Just follow these three simple steps to get started or watch this video featuring FBN Co-Founder Charles Baron explain what Acre Packs are: Step 1: Add your acres When you input the number of acres you are treating for your crop, the Acre Pack will automatically calculate how much you need to buy and your cost per acre. Step 2: Pick your products and rates Start by adding a base product such as Glyphosate or Glufosinate to your pack. Then, choose from a range of crop protection, nutrition products or seed products (only available in the U.S.). Select your application rates by providing the labeled range to choose from.  Step 3: Stack the savings Earn up to 5% off for each crop protection, adjuvant or nutrition product you add to your pack.  With the FBN Acre Pack Multiplier, you’ll save an additional 1% on your base product. For every additional product you add to your Pack, you’ll earn up to 5% off.  Here are two examples of the savings in action: Glyphosate   +    Herbicide + Insecticide + Adjuvant = 3% off Glyphosate Base Herbicide        1      2  3 Glufosinate   +    Herbicide + Herbicide + Insecticide + Adjuvant = 4% Off Glufosinate Base Herbicide        1                 2                   3                  4 Pick your pack Get started today and pick your Pack to take control of your crop plan and watch the savings add up.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, and “FBN Direct” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For US Farmers: FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC 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. For Canadian Farmers: 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. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state 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 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.  


01 Nov 2022

by Mark Wilson

When it comes time to think about your crop input plan, wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple online tool to help you control it? That’s why we created our new FBN® Hectare Packs.  FBN Hectare Packs are a way to give you more control over your crop input plan by using simple online tools that allow you to plan, order and save up to an additional 5% off .  When you decide to pick your pack, you’ll be able to build Hectare packs for: Wheat Barley Canola Cotton Sorghum How it works When it’s time to pick your pack, just follow these simple steps: Plan Build your pack directly online. FBN Hectare Packs will help guide you to the crop protection and high uptake nutrient products labelled for your crop. You’ll still have the built-in flexibility to pick the crop pack that’s right for your operation. Now, you’ll always have control over your crop input plan.  BONUS: When it’s time to checkout, schedule individual delivery dates for each product. Shopping online doesn’t mean giving up support. If you need help, please call us.  Order Input your Hectares and select your rate from the labelled range. There’s no complicated maths involved because FBN Hectare Packs do the work for you. The Hectare Pack will automatically calculate how much you need to buy AND display your cost per unit and per Hectare for any configuration you try.  Save Lock-in additional savings of up to 5% off when you pick your pack. The more you buy, the more you’ll unlock upfront discounts. Now, you’ll never get burned out with rebate bundles again.  [Shop conveniently anywhere, anytime online or through the FBN mobile app with transparent list prices and delivery direct to your farm]  Build your Hectare Pack Just follow these three simple steps to get started: Step 1: Add your Hectares When you input the number of Hectares you are treating for your crop, the Hectare Pack will automatically calculate how much you need to buy and your cost per Hectare. Step 2: Pick your products and rates Start by adding a base herbicide such as Glyphosate, Trifluralin or Paraquat to your pack. Then, choose from a range of crop protection or high uptake nutrient products. Select your application rates from the labelled range.  Step 3: Stack the savings Earn up to 5% off for each crop protection or nutrition product you add to your pack.  With the FBN Hectare Pack Multiplier, you’ll save an additional 1% on your base herbicide product. For every additional product you add to your Pack, you’ll earn up to 5% off.  Here’s an example of the savings in action: Glyphosate   +    Herbicide + Insecticide + Adjuvant = 3% off Glyphosate Base Herbicide        1      2  3 PLUS: Right now you can add additional savings if you check out yourself online or if you are a new customer transacting for the first time. Terms and Conditions apply. Pick your pack Get started today and pick your pack to take control of your crop plan and watch the savings add up.  Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. 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 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty. Ltd. and are available only where Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. 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/territory law to use any pesticide other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered chemical product is a violation of federal and/or state/territory 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, territory and local laws.  We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must be authorised to use restricted chemical products under applicable state or territory law.  Please consult your applicable state or territory authority for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted chemical products as some products require specific record-keeping requirements.


24 Oct 2022

by Mark Wilson

Our ‘Why I Chose  FBN ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  FBN , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. When did you join FBN®, what is your current role at FBN , where are you based, and what are your responsibilities?  I joined back in December 2019. FBN Australia launched in August 2020. My role here is an Account Executive for the Central Wheatbelt. What was your previous work experience before joining FBN ?  I previously worked with Farmsave, we had a marketplace where farmers can source quotes via an online portal/app. What did you first find compelling about FBN that led you to want to learn more?  I love how transparent FBN is as a company. Pricing in agriculture has always been so cloak and dagger and everyone would get a different price, depending on their size. I love how we level the field for all growers. Now that you’ve joined, how would you describe life at FBN ?  Anyone who works for FBN knows how lucky we are to be part of such a great team. That's not just in Australia, that's globally. FBN's culture would be the strongest I've seen in the workplace. We work very hard, we play hard. What kind of impact are you and your team having on the company’s future?  I have been fortunate to have been here from the start, and it’s very rewarding to see the Australian business grow. With the support from our friends in the US and Canada, we have managed to build a strong and formidable footing here in AUS. Exciting times are ahead for us! We know you have a life outside of work - what kinds of things do you do for fun?  I am very blessed to live in such a great country, so I enjoy the sunshine, whether it is by the lake or the river, jet skiing, fishing or camping. All go together very well! I have two girls, Mila (9) & Penelope (3), so they keep me busy. What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone considering FBN ? It's a no brainer, really! You will understand when you put a shirt on.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, Farmers First flag logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Terms and conditions apply.


14 Oct 2022

by Mark Wilson

We sat down with Director of FBN® Finance Sales TJ Wilson and FBN Risk Management Advisor Josh McClure to discuss the challenges producers see when it comes to working capital and their risk management plans. What you’ll learn Working capital shortage (1:07) Common mistake #1 - Not working with an advisor (1:37) Common mistake #2 - Not knowing your cost of production (1:58) Know your cash flow (2:09) Utilizing more risk management tools (3:21) Focusing on farm profitability (4:20) Watch now Get started today When you're ready to get started, fill out the form at the bottom of the page or call us directly. Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network” and “FBN” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. Financing offered by FBN Finance, LLC and its lending partners. Terms and conditions apply. To qualify, a borrower must be a member of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. and meet all underwriting requirements. Interest rates and fees will vary depending on your individual situation. Not all applicants will qualify. Terms and conditions apply. Land financing offered by FBN Finance, LLC, provided in connection with Farmer Mac and our underwriting partners, and is available only where FBN Finance, LLC is licensed. To qualify, a borrower must be a member of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., and meet the underwriting requirements of FBN Finance, LLC and its lending partners. All credit is subject to approval and underwriting. Interest rates and fees will vary depending on your individual situation. Not all applicants will qualify.


22 Sept 2022

by Mark Wilson

Our ‘Why I Chose  FBN ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  FBN , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. When did you join FBN , what is your current role at FBN , where are you based, and what are your responsibilities? I joined FBN back in May 2021 and I am about a 5 minute drive from the San Carlos, California headquarters. My current title is HR Coordinator and some of my responsibilities include onboarding new hires, assisting with relocations, background checks, and managing employee requests. What was your previous work experience before joining FBN ? My previous experience before FBN was in fitness and sales. What did you first find compelling about FBN that led you to want to learn more?  When I was job searching it was hard to find a company that’s mission stood out to me. Living in the Bay Area, you see and hear of all these big tech companies but it felt like very little of them had a mission that would make me feel a part of something significant. FBN gave me just that.  Why did you ultimately decide to join FBN ? What did this thought process look like for you? I wanted to gain HR experience and the HR Coordinator position felt like the perfect role to get me through the door. That, along with FBN’s mission- it all led to me prepare intensely for the interview process. Thankfully it was all worth it! Now that you’ve joined, how would you describe life at FBN ? Life at FBN is an adventure. I’ve had quite the journey here so far; full of growth, exposure and building confidence. I think FBN has pushed me to challenge myself and go above and beyond to learn and grow whatever I can. It can definitely be a bit chaotic at times but it’s allowed me to become the employee I am today. Not to mention the type of employees FBN has. I have never worked for a company that has employees as friendly as FBN does. What kind of impact are you and your team having on the company’s future? The Total Rewards, Systems and Operations team is making moves! We have a lot of new folks on the team but they came in running and ready to make progress where needed.  We are a strong, well rounded team now and it shows. Right now, we are preparing for open enrollment, strengthening our People Operations team and employee service center. All in the hopes of making our employee’s experiences better. Why do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Besides being latina and having a whole month that celebrates my people and culture, I celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because it gives opportunity to non-latino folks to learn more about not only the beauty of our culture but also the challenges one faces growing up latino in the United States. I think often people don’t realize how different our experiences can be and I think it’s awesome to have an opportunity to highlight those differences as it will allow room for compassion and understanding.  What has your experience been like with FBN's Adelante! ERG? Adelante has been one of my greatest accomplishments at FBN . Looking at where we started back in October 2021 to where we are now, the amount of engagement and leadership opportunities that have come from being a co-lead is amazing. We have a phenomenal group of people that share similar backgrounds or know people with similar backgrounds and it’s been great to be able to hear everyone’s stories and have a place to talk about our culture.  We know you have a life outside of work - what kinds of things do you do for fun? Fun? What’s that? Haha! But in all seriousness-I love trying new foods, going to the gym, watching movies, learning how to make cocktails, and snuggling my dogs.  What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone considering FBN ? For someone considering FBN , I’ll let them know the pace at FBN is quick! Change is consistent here and one has to be able to adjust. Some people thrive in those environments and my advice would be to use it as a tool when joining to help create change where needed! What is one thing you are looking forward to in the future at FBN ? Personally, I’m excited to see how much our People Operations team evolves; however, as a whole, I’m excited to see how FBN will continue to grow and be recognized. Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, Farmers First flag logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN," and "Farmers First" are registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Terms and conditions apply.


07 Sept 2022

by Mark Wilson

The world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show is almost here. Join FBN® in Grand Island, NE at Husker Harvest Days from September 13-15, 2022.   Husker Harvest Days have been delivering a world-class space for agriculture’s industry leaders to network for over 40 years. Learn about the latest farm products and the specialists who designed, developed and tested them.  We’re excited to meet you at the show so please be sure to stop by our tent and learn more about what FBN’s up to and maybe even grab some swag!  Find our tent We’ll be located in Tent #942 in the Southwest Quadrant. Click here to enlarge the map*. You’ll have a chance to grab some cool swag like our iconic FBN Branded Bag. Not only will it hold all of your swag, it will be the only bag you’ll need at the show. And bonus, everyone will be asking you where you got it from. What to expect from FBN FBN will always allow you to order online with flexible financing options and direct-to-farm delivery. And we’ll have FBN experts on hand to walk you through everything FBN offers. We’re not only here for fun, we’re here to change the game when it comes to farming. You can’t afford to not stop by Tent #942 ! Here’s what to expect from our panel of experts: Crop Protection Learn more about the wide range of crop protection products we have to offer from herbicides to insecticides to fungicides and more.  Seed Stay in the driver’s seat with our broad portfolio of seed products from F2F Genetics® to Master Farmer™ to Paloma™ Seed and more.  Our seed portfolio fits across various U.S. regions, made up of corn and soybean products with the latest trait technologies and competitive performance at a transparent price. Feed and Animal Health FBN’s Feed and Animal Health store offers more choices and more convenience.  As you head into the fall and weaning, shop online for vaccines, pour-ons, implants and more. Get everything you need without ever having to leave the farm.  FBN® FInance FBN Finance offers competitive rates and exceptional customer service. You’ll also find our application process straightforward..  Choose from financing options to support ag land loans, farm operating lines, equipment loans and more.  Learn from our experts how to get approved for an operating line with competitive rates in just 5 minutes.  Insurance Did you know that FBN offers crop, livestock AND health insurance?  FBN Insurance is a data and service focused agency that personalizes coverage for each individual producer. We provide coverage for the following operations: Row crop Speciality crops (fruit, nuts, vegetable, etc.) Livestock (apiculture, dairy, swine) Health coverage for families and employees Stop by the tent If you’re attending the Farm Progress Show, be sure to visit the FBN team at Tent #942 . There will be plenty of drinks on hand so stop by. We can’t wait to meet you! *Map source: 2022 Husker Harvest Days   Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. "Farmers Business Network", "FBN", “FBN Direct”, "Farmers First" and the Farmers First flag logo are registered service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. We are an Equal Opportunity Provider. FBN Crop Insurance services are offered by FBN Insurance LLC (dba FBN Insurance Solutions Services LLC in Texas, and FBN Insurance Solutions LLC in California and Michigan) and are only available where FBN Insurance LLC is licensed. FBN membership is not required to purchase through FBN Insurance LLC, but certain features are only available to FBN members. FBN Crop Insurance is currently offered in the following states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LCC 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.  FBN does not offer traditional health insurance. But while we do not offer traditional health insurance, we do offer FBN Health. FBN Health is marketed by FBN Insurance LLC. FBN Insurance LLC is not a licensed insurance company or agency and its employees and representatives are not licensed life and health insurance agents. Policies marketed by FBN Health are level-funded group health benefit plans offered and administered by Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. (“BPA”) and Employers Business Alliance ("EBA") and available only where BPA and EBA are licensed." If you submit the Get A Quote Form, a licensed insurance agent/producer may contact you on behalf of BPA or EBA. You cannot obtain coverage under a health plan until you complete and submit an application for the plan and your application is approved and accepted by BPA or EBA. Eligibility and benefit exclusions and limitations apply. FBN Health is currently available in all 50 states. Financing offered by FBN Finance, LLC and its lending partners. Terms and conditions apply. To qualify, a borrower must be a member of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. and meet all underwriting requirements. Interest rates and fees will vary depending on your individual situation. Not all applicants will qualify. Terms and conditions apply. Land financing offered by FBN Finance, LLC, provided in connection with Farmer Mac and our underwriting partners, and is available only where FBN Finance, LLC is licensed. To qualify, a borrower must be a member of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., and meet the underwriting requirements of FBN Finance, LLC and its lending partners. All credit is subject to approval and underwriting. Interest rates and fees will vary depending on your individual situation. Not all applicants will qualify.