Farm And Rural Issues

Farm And Rural Issues


15 June 2022

by Heather Stone

Farming is a dangerous profession. It’s a high risk environment for children, young people and adults. While farms are both your workplace and your home, the thought of a child or young person getting injured or worse is unfathomable.  That’s why it’s important to be proactive about safety on the farm. Whether they’re children or young people, it’s important to keep all members of your family safe. But how do you get started?  Here are 9 things to think about to keep your children and family safe on the farm: 1. What supervision protocols are in place? When farming activities are taking place, who’s keeping an eye on the kids to ensure that they’re out of harm’s way? And at what age should supervision change? This will depend on the child and their understanding of the potential dangers of farming. As an adult and parent, your child’s safety is probably already top of mind.    2. Storing chemicals safely Are chemicals easily accessible on your farm? If so, what precautions can you take to ensure dangerous and hazardous chemicals are stored safely from children? An example of storage ideas can range from fire rated hazmat storage (typically for flammable and hazardous chemicals) to chemical storage cabinets. Make sure whatever you use can be locked up and securely stored. There are stringent U.S. for handling certain classes and types of chemicals and pesticides. Additional resources for Canadian and Australian farmers are listed at the bottom of this post. 3. Ride alongs Are ride-alongs ever safe? And at what age should you think about starting to have your child ride along on equipment and tractors? This answer may change depending upon the type, make, model and age of the equipment. Should a tractor with no roll over protection be treated differently than one with it?  Don’t get complacent with a newer tractor.  Does it have enough seatbelts? Can a child fall out of the door if you hit a bump? 4. Farming equipment When should children be given access to farming equipment? What type of training has been provided to the child? Are there other safer activities? If it’s for work on the farm in the U.S. make sure to check and child labor laws for agriculture. 5. Confined spaces What is a confined space and how can children be made aware of their danger? What are the existing  confined spaces on your farm? Some common confined spaces in farming are: grain bins, silos, vats, underground tunnels and wells, water tanks, manure pits, etc.  6. Buildings and structures Are children aware of the dangers of barns and grain elevators? When is it safe for kids to climb buildings and structures? For more information on the exemptions and fall protection regulations for farms in the U.S. review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration presentation . 7. Sources of water Are there ponds, rivers, retention ponds, water tanks, springs, wells, etc. on your farm? Can everyone on the farm swim? If some swimmers are stronger than others, are appropriate safety devices available for those who are not as strong or confident? Discuss water safety with your children and specific examples of when and where they are not allowed to swim on the farm and the importance of having someone else around; i.e. having a buddy system for safety purposes.  8. Farm animals How do you keep kids safe around farm animals? What animals are more dangerous than others? Understand that farm animals are unpredictable and everyone should always be aware of the size and dangers of these animals.  9. Other hazards Other hazards to be aware of on your farm include: Overhead power lines Electricity sources Portable grain augers Moving equipment Power take-off shafts  Uncovered grain dust Keeping your family and kids safe is a personal, regulated, and sensitive topic. Opinions will definitely vary and that’s okay. Depending on where you live, country and state laws may vary. Safety awareness of the dangers of farming is an important step to prevent injuries.  Make it a priority to keep your kids safe by talking to them and having discussions about farm safety.  Additional resources for family farmer safety USA Canada  for kids Australia


14 June 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. I commenced at in August 2021, with my first day being the Dowerin Field day in Western Australia. My role is the Australian Business Development manager for the Community Builder Program. My base is Western Australia, but I travel to all states. My key responsibilities are building and introducing Community Builder program to prospects in Australia and assisting in building brand in the regions through my Australian Network.  My career has given me the ability to work in various industries - retail, construction, banking/finance and now agriculture - the best industry by far! My tenure in the agriculture sector has been 12 years, and I’ve had the opportunity to work in grain marketing/trading, product development (financial), IT management and commercial manager (pork industry). purpose - putting farmers first, this is what makes you go above and beyond every day!  The entrepreneurial mindset, continual improvement and innovation that is being applied through every facet of . The big one - the PEOPLE! The thought process was understanding the purpose, strategy, the products and services offered that are so innovative and meet the challenges farmers face, and talking with people who work at . Open and transparent - make a mistake, make it fast and move on. Everyone has a voice, so you can share thoughts and ideas. Extremely collaborative. We in Australia are building brand and market share that is seen as a disruptor. It is a disruptor for the benefit of farmers, as they now have the ability to understand the pricing of different products/inputs in the market and make better informed decisions, they have the opportunity to enhance efficiency through accessing the data analytics platform, and the community hub to learn from other farms and access informative articles. mission is key to every conversation and decision we make as a team. This can be seen in the product offerings, transparency in pricing and our marketing intel to support our Community Builders and farmers. Ensuring we have a presence in the regions via our Community Builders is critical so that we can continue to give back and promote the sustainability of not only farmers but the communities they operate in.  Celebrating Pride is so important to me, as it is a reminder to all that we need to accept people for who they are and a time during which we can celebrate people's differences in a positive way. It is especially important to me as my own daughter is part of the Pride community, and it has been a journey for me to become more educated and to overcome some of my unconscious biases. My life is fuller from having diverse people around me. Amazing! The journey for has only just begun, and the momentum is growing - it's an exciting time. Agriculture in general has been slow to embrace Pride, but is a prime example for other companies to follow in our industry. Reading, continual learning, and I love keeping fit (running) - I live a very healthy life whereby mental and physical health are a priority in my life. Join up to a team that is innovative and collaborative, that is pushing the boundaries in the agriculture sector to remain sustainable for future generations.


09 June 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. I joined in February 2021 as Global Regulatory Manager. I work remotely out of Salt Lake City, Utah.  I lead the Global regulatory team for FBN Direct® and my six teammates are located across Australia, Canada and the USA. We are in charge of product registrations and other regulatory requirements for proprietary products portfolio of Crop Protection, Adjuvants and Crop Nutrition products. Although we are part of the product development team, our activities are spread over the entire product life cycle. This includes new product development, dossier preparations, registrations with relevant regulatory authorities, maintenance of registration, review of marketing material, etc.  My background is quite varied, both geographically and in terms of experience. I studied and worked in 9 countries, and experienced large corporate companies like Syngenta and Sanofi, as well as small family owned-business and non-profit organizations.  I have a strong technical background with a master in chemical engineering from CPE Lyon (France) and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford. At that time, even though I came from a farming background (with a dad who is a farmer turned winemaker and both sets of grandparents also farmers), I had never linked chemistry with Ag. Like most of my classmates, I was planning for a pharmaceutical career.  Serendipity had me interview at Syngenta as I was graduating from my PhD, and I first joined Syngenta as a postdoctoral fellow in their research facilities in Switzerland. I really enjoyed the industrial setting, but I was looking for a role that would allow me to experience the whole lifecycle of a product. I joined Syngenta’s Global Regulatory team knowing almost nothing about regulatory and fell in love with the field. It was an amazing learning environment, as I was surrounded by experts in the fields of regulatory, toxicology, environmental fate, environmental toxicity, product chemistry, etc. and started to understand how it all comes together to assess the risk profile of a product and its safe use in the market.  Six years ago, my husband was offered a professorship at the University of Utah and we moved to Salt Lake City. Although wonderful for its scenery, Utah is not a major Ag state and I was really surprised to find a small family-owned business that made proprietary fertilizers, biostimulants, feed additives and aquaculture products. It was a pretty drastic change as it combined going from a large global team to a 1-person department and learning about a new set of regulations, since these Ag inputs (fertilizers, biostimulants, etc.) are regulated very differently than pesticides.  All of these experiences armed me with a set of tools that became very handy as I joined .    I heard about through one of my friends and former colleagues, who sent me the job description for my current role. At the time, I was a program manager of medical devices, and I was really missing the regulatory work in the Ag industry. I had heard a lot about Silicon Valley start-ups and was eager to get a feel for it, but never really thought it would be an option in my field dominated by large companies like Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, etc.. So when I started looking up online, I was very excited to see that it was a start-up, but what caught my attention was the company’s unique set of offerings guided by its unique vision. seemed to be one-of-a-kind and I was curious to learn more!  I was first impressed with the fact that every person I interviewed with was talking about the company’s mission. In my previous experiences, the company mission was that corporate statement must-have that no one ever remembered. And it did not stop at the interview. Since I joined, I have realized that mission is embedded in everything we do and how we think as a team.  In addition, I interviewed with Eric Carnell, our Chief Legal Officer, and it was clear that if is , it does not mean compliance is second! That was a key factor for me, as in our industry compliance is not a “nice to have.” Finally, was not just unique as a company, but also in the opportunities it would bring. As the first internal hire in the regulatory department I would have the opportunity to build a team and create the department's processes from the ground up! That is not the kind of opportunity that presents itself very often and would have never happened at an already established company.  I am loving it! I have never worked in such an energetic and energizing environment. What is even more incredible is that the majority of the employees have joined during the pandemic, and therefore remotely, and that has not prevented me from feeling that I “belonged” right away. All video calls are done with the camera on, and everyone is engaged.  Everyone at is very excited about the mission, and this creates a unique drive to get things done as a team even though we are spread around the world and across different functions. I have yet to find someone who was not willing to help me even if my requests were outside of their usual scope. It is a high-speed environment with very challenging objectives, but because of the shared Farmer’s First drive, we always tackle challenges as a team and we are pulling in the same direction.  After experiencing both large companies and old family businesses, it is exhilarating to be part of a vibrant company that is not constrained by inherited processes and policies. Yes we have our share of challenges, but we are all part of the solution and building .  Last but not least, I love the diversity of the challenges I am facing and the fact that sometimes people come to me, not with a regulatory question, but a chemistry one! We are still small and people’s skills are not limited to their job description! We all pitch in for the better good, and this is truly inspiring. The regulatory team, along with the product development team, are key to Direct’s future, as we are responsible for the development and registration of own proprietary products.  This allows to control products’ destiny, from the manufacturing all the way to distribution to our farmers. This is one of the main reasons that was able to supply crop protection products to our members in a very strained supply chain situation.  mission is profoundly embedded in our day-to-day work as well as longer-term strategy. Hearing the following sentence “I hear what everyone is saying, but ultimately what is the best decision for the farmers?” is business as usual at ! From the choice of the products we decide to develop, our product labels, packaging, etc. we always think: “what would best serve our farmers?” A very concrete example is how we developed the labels for the Farmers First Crop Nutrient products this year. We really focused on ensuring the label would contain all of the practical information a farmer would need to make the best use of the product. So in addition to the mandatory regulatory guarantees and information, we added general descriptions of the product, tank mixing compatibilities, mixing order, time of application, etc.  I am a big outdoorsy person - so activities vary with the seasons as Utah is an amazing playground. Any chance I get I spend hiking, mountain biking, skiing with my husband and our 3-year-old strapped to one of us, or tagging along! Coming from Europe, I fell in love with the open spaces of the western states and the diversity the national Parks have to offer. We have hiked most of them, with the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim being the biggest challenge so far!  Ask questions, and see if you can relate to the culture and our mission. If the answer is yes, you are in for the ride of a lifetime no matter what position you will hold. 


19 May 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. I joined in June 2020, and I am currently Regional Director - Australia. I am based in Perth, Western Australia, and my role here is to ensure success within the FBN Direct® sales team in Australia.  Previously I have been involved in grain market advisory, grain trading and risk management, and fertilizer sales. The concept of a grower network approach to better the industry and on-farm profitability. I wanted to be a part of something that was unique in the industry and was clearly geared towards achieving a more sustainable environment for farmers. Stability is one of the biggest concerns when starting with a new company, especially in the Ag Industry. But after meeting a couple of times with the country manager at , I got an understanding of the growth and results that the North American business had been able to achieve since 2014, and this gave me the confidence I needed to jump in! has an incredibly fast-moving culture, and everyone emanates a positive energy that really helps us achieve the goals we set out. We have been pioneering ’s on-the-ground presence in Australia, and I couldn't be prouder of the team we have here and what they have accomplished in the past 18 months. is behind every decision we make. For us, that is around where we can have the most impact on farms from a sales perspective and help those growers as best we can. We are giving farmers more tools to increase profitability, and I'm glad to say the Account Executive team is a key enabler of ’s ability to do that. Making the most of the Australian lifestyle, relaxing on the beach and exploring with my two kids (Charlie (7) & Luca (3)). Be ready for an incredible challenge. It's fast and sometimes daunting, but an A-grade team makes it all achievable. Learn more about joining  Interested in learning more about   and opportunities to join our team? Check out our   for more information on open roles and how we’re transforming the future of farming!


05 May 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ 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®. I joined in January 2019 and was employee number three when decided to expand into Canada. I started out as an Account Executive based in Saskatchewan. I worked in that role for just over a year and I was promoted to the Regional Manager role which has now evolved into the Regional Director role for Canada East Region. I am based in Watrous, SK and I work remotely. I am responsible for managing the FBN Direct® sales teams for North East SK, Central SK, South East SK, South West SK, all of Manitoba and Ontario. I have 6 Outside AEs and 2 Inside AEs that report to me. Before I joined , I worked in several different sales roles in the Ag Industry. These roles helped shape the person I have become. I have experience working with seed, fertilizer, crop inputs, agronomy and precision ag. I am also an active partner in our family farm, working with my husband and his family on a 10,000 acre grain farm in Watrous, SK. I decided to come to because the mission and vision of the company aligned with my core values. Working in the Ag Industry, I always struggled wearing two hats - my farmer hat and my industry hat.  With , those two hats aligned and it was no longer a balancing act between the two. The transparency that brings to the industry is game-changing and I really appreciated that. was something that resonated with me and I wanted to see what that was all about. I decided to take the leap of faith and join because I knew one of the company’s leaders from a previous work experience. He convinced me to come work for this new start-up that was going to make waves not only in Canada, but the entire Ag industry. I was in a place in my career where I liked the opportunity that presented and I also saw the opportunity for growth. The people are the #1 reason why I like so much. The Canadian team is one of the best teams I have had the privilege to work with. The passion and the drive to succeed on Team Canada is definitely incomparable to any other sales team that I have worked with in the past.  We have had to work extra hard the past four years to get where we are today and what we have achieved and overcome as a team is something I am extremely proud of and happy that I was able to be a part of. My team is extremely driven to change how the Ag industry works in Canada. Over the last four years, we have worked very hard to help growers think differently when it comes to purchasing their crop inputs.  The business is growing extremely fast in Canada and that is because of my team and all of Team Canada working hard to put everyday. This will lead to many more great opportunities for to help Canadian farmers in different parts of their operations. is our true north star and every decision we make as a salesperson or management team is guided by that mission. This makes our story great and we are writing our story as we go. The day-to-day interaction and conversations with farmers is great when we have the product they need and we can sell it to them at a competitive, fair price.  I appreciate that we have the mentality and act on it, especially in our daily conversations. This builds trust and relationships with our customers and allows us to know that we are having a positive impact on their bottom line. I am a mom of two - Axel, my son, is 8 years old and Blakely, my daughter, is 5. My kids keep me on my toes and very busy. I love spending time outside teaching them about gardening, yard work and farming.  I also love being at the lake in the summertime - we have a cabin about an hour and half away from our house, so we like to get up there as much as possible in the summer to boat, swim, golf and hang with friends and family.  In the winter, I spend a lot of time at the rink watching my son play hockey, but we also enjoy time outside snowmobiling, tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding when the weather is nice. When I have time to myself, I really enjoy spinning and working out. Be ready for a challenge, ask for help, be persistent, learn to do by doing and roll with the punches.  If you keep those things in mind, you will find that it's a very rewarding company to work for.  Hard work is recognized and rewarded at and that's not always the case in other companies. It's great to work for a company that appreciates and rewards the passion and persistence that goes into the day-to-day work at . Interested in learning more about   and opportunities to join our team? Check out our   for more information on open roles and how we’re transforming the future of farming!


07 Apr 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. I joined at the end of January this year, 2022. I am on the legal team supporting Livestock, On-Farm Trials, Regulatory, and Warehousing and Logistics. I’m fully remote, based in Galveston, Texas. Prior to law school, I worked as an engineer for a state-funded water authority in Florida. I coordinated with local producers on water permits and water-quality and water-quantity improvement projects. Post-law school and just prior to joining , I was an attorney in private practice, where I did about half transactional work and about half litigation. I grew up on a 60-acre cow-calf operation in Florida, where I was heavily involved in the day to day needs of the farm. I also raised and showed dairy cows and had a menagerie of other animal projects. While at the University of Florida, I worked on the swine farm, which provided housing for myself and the other 2 students that worked there. And then as an engineer, I was on the Ag Team, working with producers every day. So I have a very solid background in agriculture and it is a huge passion of mine. Because of that, I have always been interested in working in the ag industry, but it is pretty difficult to find ag law work in the Southeast, unless you want to write wills for local growers. I am a big fan of the ocean and not a big fan of snow. When I saw the opening at and started researching, I was really excited to find that is making a positive impact on production agriculture. So many ag-tech startups lose sight of the actual needs of the family farmers that make up the industry, but is really well positioned to be a partner for growers. It was a no-brainer. offered me the opportunity to positively influence the commercial agriculture industry in an innovative way that utilizes my education and allows me to live in a warm place.  All-In. Everyone is working toward the mission of serving family farmers. There’s a lot of innovation happening, and teams are constantly looking for ways to better serve farmers and coordinate with other teams within the company. The legal team largely serves a support function for the business units. We assist with strategizing on new initiatives, thinking through current problems, navigating regulatory frameworks, and protecting the interests of our farmer partners. One of the great things about my job is that I get to work on so many different aspects of the business. While I don’t directly interact with farmers, I get to see all the ways in which is working to improve farmers’ experiences and provide additional tools to increase the profitability of the family farm. I spend most of my free time renovating my 100-year old home and my husband and I are working towards owning a ranch of our own. I also enjoy fishing and we have 2 German Shorthaired Pointer pups that keep me pretty busy. Make good use of the organizational chart and ask lots of questions. has so many different departments and there are so many different things happening at once. It may take a while to wrap your head around it all, so make good use of the more tenured people you work with to get institutional knowledge and contextual background. I think I do a better job if I have an idea of how my piece fits in the puzzle, so I’m really thankful that everyone at has been so helpful and forthcoming in giving me that context. Interested in learning more about   and opportunities to join our team? Check out our   for more information on open roles and how we’re transforming the future of farming!


05 Apr 2022

by FBN Network

One of the commitments we’ve made at is to do everything we can to help farmers and farming communities thrive. That’s one of the reasons we launched the Community First Program for Canadian members. What is the 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 Direct inputs were purchased. 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). 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 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 ’s leadership team and Account Executives twice a year. Once project submissions are chosen by , 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 as well. .  to be considered for the next round.


31 Mar 2022

by FBN Network

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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". 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. 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. 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 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. . FBN Crop Marketing Canada, Inc., Box 5607, 120 - 1st Street SW, Bay D High River, Alberta T1V 1M7 The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2022 Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights are reserved.


24 Mar 2022

by Melissa Niedrich

Our ‘Why I Chose  ’ series features stories from employees across different roles, teams, and geographies on how they got to  , what it’s like to work here, and how their teams help fulfill our mission of putting Farmers First®. I joined in February 2021, I am the Fulfillment General Manager based in Brighton, CO. I oversee the Brighton location, which is currently ’s largest warehouse location, along with Great Falls, MT, Minot, ND, and the new Lubbock, TX location that will open in Spring 2022. 26 years in transportation and 10 years in food and beverage distribution. I was attracted by the overall mission of the company. Providing services that can help family farmers really spoke to me. I grew up in a farm and dairy area in Southern California. The overall deciding factors were the high level of talent that I got to meet in the interview process, the challenge of working in a startup environment where I could use my experiences to help the company grow, and being able to work for what feels like a good cause. It has been what I expected it to be overall. The culture is well-balanced between caring about our employees and their wellbeing and being hyper-focused on the customer experience. We are driving the culture of safety to very high levels across the network. My team has also been instrumental in developing training programs that are ongoing. Our location has quite a few local farmers that have come to pick up products or visit our facility. It is very gratifying to talk with the farmers and hear all of the great things they have to say about and how it is helping them. We also love showing off our brand new facility! My wife and I love the outdoors and spend time hiking and exploring. My main personal hobby is woodworking. Don't hesitate to join the team, you will love it! But be prepared for the many challenges that come with a fast paced environment and changes that go with a startup company in hyper growth mode. Interested in learning more about   and opportunities to join our team? Check out our   for more information on open roles and how we’re transforming the future of farming!


21 Mar 2022

by FBN Network

Please read these rules before entering this Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. 2022 #FBNDelivers Photo Contest (the “ ”). 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.  Eligibility If you are a current FBN member and a legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) or the United States, residing in the continental United States, and are the age of majority in the province/state/territory of residence  at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Contest. Employees of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., Farmer’s Business Network Canada, Inc., FBN Inputs, LLC, FBN CM LLC, Yorkton Distributors (1976) Ltd., FBN BR LLC, or their affiliates (“ ”) and their spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren (“ ”), and Sponsor’s affiliates, advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members), 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.  By participating in this Contest, entrants acknowledge compliance with, and agree to be bound by, these Contest Rules. Entrants who do not comply with any of the Contest Rules are subject to disqualification by the Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. How to enter You may enter the Contest from March 1st at 12:01 AM EST through March 31st at 11:59 PM EST (the “ ”) by submitting a photo of an FBN Delivery truck or FBN products that have been delivered to your farm by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram (@ FBNFarmers) and also using the hashtag #FBNDelivers on your post. You can submit as many valid entries as you like. No entries will be accepted after the entry deadline.  Any attempt or suspected attempt to use robotic, automatic, programmed or otherwise illicit means to enter the Contest, or any other methods not authorized by these Contest Rules, for example, but not limited to, creating multiple accounts, identities, or registrations, all in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, shall be deemed as tampering and may disqualify you from entering, participating and/or winning a prize. Entries that contain false or incomplete information are 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. Entrants grant Sponsor a non-exclusive license to use all entries for any purpose. No correspondence will be entered into except with Selected Entrants. Proof of transmission (for example, screenshots or captures) does not constitute proof of entry or receipt of an entry. If you are submitting a photo, you must be the person who took the photo. You cannot submit a photo on someone else's behalf, or submit a photo that is not yours. Prizes The grand prize winner will be selected by the FBN team after the contest ends on March 31, 2022. They will receive a 30-minute Zoom call with Zach at a time that is coordinated with the FBN team.  Runner up prizes will include an FBN-branded Carhartt hoodie that will be awarded weekly to (1) photo submission that the FBN social media team selects. (Value: $75). A total of four hoodies will be awarded during the contest period. Prize drawings To be considered, your Photo(s)  (“entry”) must be received by 11:59PM EST on March 31st 2022. The FBN team will select one winning photo at its discretion from the batch of submissions. You need not be present to win.  Sponsor or its designee will notify each potential winner by social media direct message within 3 business days of the  end of Contest Period, and each potential winner will be required to execute a Winner’s Declaration and Release Agreement, send or show Sponsor a copy of a valid, government-issued form of identification, and consent to and satisfactorily pass a background check, if deemed necessary by Sponsor. As required under Canadian law, any selected winners who are legal residents of Canada must also pass a skill testing question (e.g. a three-part mathematical test) devised by Sponsor. 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 depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period. Restrictions Prizes are non refundable and non transferable. The prizes may not be replaceable if lost, damaged or stolen. Winner must be at least age of majority in the province/state/territory of residence (and send Sponsor a copy of) a valid, government-issued form of identification.  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 lesser 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.  The Sponsor is not a tax professional and does 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.” 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, including changing or cancelling the locations and times for Contest entries 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 incomplete or if you use robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods, your entry will be 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 e-mail account. The authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail 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. . The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state/provincial, territorial, municipal and local laws. The Contest is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the United States and the State of California, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in San Francisco, California. If the controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall then be resolved by final and binding arbitration administered by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc., in accordance with its streamlined arbitration rules and procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”). The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in California. All proceedings brought pursuant to this section will be conducted in San Francisco, California. Entrant’s remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event shall any entrant be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief. Entrants agree that the rights and obligations of any entrant and/or entities associated with the Contest and/or any other party shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Any demand for arbitration must be filed within one (1) year of the time the cause of action accrued, or the cause of action shall be forever barred. 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 regulatory authorities.  Any personal information supplied by any entrant to the Sponsor will be subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy located at: http://www.farmersbusinessnetwork.com/privacypolicy Winners' list and official rules Individuals may request the names of Winner by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 1, 2022 to:  Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. 2021 388 El Camino Real San Carlos, CA 94070 To receive a copy of the Official Rules during the Contest Period, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address above; Attn: 2021 Holiday Photo Contest . Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. 388 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070.  The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2022 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. All rights are reserved.