The Latest Farm Tech to Consider When Buying Acreage

If your farm is looking to expand through a land purchase, it’s obviously important to check out factors like soil quality, drainage, irrigation rights, and existing structures. We also encourage you to take a hard look at the technology capabilities a prospective property offers.

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Using an SBA loan to buy a business

Have you heard that a Small Business Administration loan (or “SBA loan”) is what you need to help make your business plan a reality? As an SBA Preferred Lender, First Financial Bank can provide you with the information you need to navigate the SBA loan process.

Well Prepared Financials Reflect Good Management Skills

Good production numbers are great, but management skills are a must in today’s environment of tight margins and the endless pressures from third parties.

How FSA Farm Loans Can Help You

Buying a farm is a big decision. Whether you want to commercially raise poultry, dairy cows, cattle, or produce one of many crops, is a big decision. You may need a loan to help get you started. That’s where the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and knowledgeable lenders like First Financial Bank come in – to assist family farmers like you.

Erin McElmurry: Delivering Results in a Dressage

Many of our Farm & Ranch loan customers have unique and awe-inspiring stories. We thought you would enjoy hearing about this wonderful one!

Small Business Tax Tips

As a small business owner, you are responsible for paying taxes on what your business earns. But you only want to pay what you owe – no more and no less. What can you do to optimize your tax liability? Here are some tips that may help.

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Credit Counseling Tips

What is it to be “creditworthy” – and why is it essential for you? And if your credit history is not quite up to par, what can you do to improve it? Check out these credit counseling tips.

New Yankee Traditions:
TikTok Cows and Maple Syrup

Joe and Erica Siler have a unique business raising beef cattle – and producing maple syrup. As a marketing specialist, it is exciting to see the power of social media marketing and how farmers like them use it to their advantage.

What’s Your Story?

Have you ever picked up a menu at a restaurant and read their history on the back?

Who Are Your “Special Advisors”?

Whenever there is a new President, Governor or Mayor elected to office, you hear a lot about “special advisors.”

Communication is Key with Your Lender

Most farmers and ranchers pride themselves on always paying their debts on time. Making late payments is not something most people take lightly.

Tips On How to Protect Yourself During a Construction Project

It’s finally time for that big – or little – construction project.

Women on the Farm

According to the new federal census, female producers increased by 27% from 2012 to 2017. Female producers now make up 30% of all U. S. farm operators. Why the increase?

Your Farm’s Next Generation: How and When to Involve Your Children

Planting season is coming to a close on the farm and a new crop of graduates is being harvested at the local high school.

Small Changes = Big Results

Do you know about the 5% Rule?

From Row Crops to Becoming a Dairy Farmer

Don Kinslow knows a few things about row crops, dairy cows, buying farmland – and blazing your own path.

Assessing Legislation’s Impact on Your Family Farm Business

New farm legislation is being introduced in Congress or state legislatures. How do you get beyond the political sound bites and screaming headlines to understand what that legislation will truly mean for your family’s farm business?

10 Questions Your Lender Won’t Ask You

Check out these questions that your lender will NOT ask you:

Carbon Credits for Farmers: FAQs

Are you a farmer who is interested in learning more about the benefits and steps to sell carbon credits? Let’s look at what these are and how it might help you earn additional income.

Ranching Experience Drives Real Estate Business

Acquiring and growing a ranching business is a challenge – and Tamra Kelly has the experience that helps ranchers address them successfully.

Trends in Agriculture

Agriculture, like almost every other industry, is constantly evolving as new innovations develop and the world continues to change. Staying on top of the current agricultural trends can help your business thrive, and prepare for the changes that are moving the industry forward. Let’s take a look at several of the trends being discussed.

What Kinds of Software Do Farmers Need?

The more you can reduce the guesswork, the more profitable your farm may be. That’s where agricultural software comes in.

Beyond Succession: Farm Transition Planning

Building value and securing a legacy that lasts is a huge motivator for many farm owners. But there is more to continuity than choosing your successor – you also need a transition plan.

Tips from Small Business Owners

Being your own boss sounds glamorous, but what every business owner will tell you is that it takes more: more information, more planning, and more work. Getting insights from those who have not only been there but are continuing to drive success can be invaluable.

Investing in the Future, One Ranch Business at a Time

From running three car dealerships to running cattle, Jaymes “Jay” Holcomb is one of the best – and busiest – businessmen in ranching.

Impact of Western Wildfires on Livestock

Western wildfires not only destroy pristine wilderness, but also represent a threat to large farms and ranches that operate in the area. Livestock, in particular, are vulnerable to injuries from wildfires, and the effects can be short-term or permanent.

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