Advice from Top Young Farmers

Firsthand insights from business leaders.

Young farmers are hungry for learning opportunities, leadership and new business ventures. They aren’t afraid to initiate bold diversification pushes that can stabilize future revenue streams for their families and team members. And they take risks.

At the same time, they need to invest in a good night’s sleep to ensure clarity of decision-making. They can dig into farm data to become better financial managers, and they must put customers’ interests first. That’s the assessment of past winners of the Tomorrow’s Top Producer Horizon Award.

In honor of our first-ever young farmer issue, we connected via the “Top Producer Podcast” with

  • Joanna Carraway (2013 Horizon Award winner)
  • Jeremy Weaver (2014)
  • Matt Sims (2015)
  • Chris Noble (2016).

Our questions focused on teachable moments they’ve encountered during their careers, why they’ve diversified to win in the long term and competitive advantages young farmers bring to the industry. They also shared their perspectives on the farm economy and the value of goals.

Read the full Top Producer Magazine article and the advice given by these key business leaders here.

By Pam Fretwell, Farm Journal Media Special Projects Editor

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