Posted September 5, 2017 by Administrator
Many individuals use the term risk when discussing farming when they really mean uncertainty. Risks are measurable; farmers can calculate and prepare for them. Uncertainties are not quantifiable which means farmers cannot gauge them. While most people do not like to dwell on the negative, farmers cannot afford to ignore risks within their operation. Below are several risks that farmers can address and mitigate straightaway.
Clear Contingency Plans
No one likes to consider his or her mortality, but it is necessary to ensure farms continue to run smoothly during adverse events. Farmers need to make sure vital employees have a backup team in place. Backup employees can be existing staff members. These substitute workers should have all necessary skills to perform the job, so farmers may need to cross train these individuals. Contingency plans are not only in place for deaths. They allow farmers to leave the farm if needed without bringing business to a halt.
Farms are often a family operation, but this presents challenges. Power struggles and secrecy plague family businesses. These issues are particularly damaging during a transfer of leadership. Almost all family businesses suffer from communication problems. Some examples include authoritarianism, refusing to accept blame, and ongoing disputes. Farmers can hire consultants who specialize in family businesses to address communication issues. Bringing in a third party will help keep emotions out of business discussions.
Victims of Success
While many business owners may think there is no such thing as too much success, farmers are at an increased risk of expanding at an unsustainable rate. Before taking advantage of a growth opportunity, farmers need to analyze the costs of their current operation as well as how much money they have in reserve. Farmers need to make sure they can bear the burden of increased costs while waiting for returns. They also need to address logistical elements. For example, if a farmer purchases new land two hours away from his or her home, he or she needs to determine who will manage it.
Farmers cannot remove every threat to their operation. Some are uncontrollable, such as the environment. However, several farming risks are manageable and farmers should take steps to confront them. Cline Wood can help farmers identify risks specific to their farms and suggest methods to managing them. To learn more, contact us today.
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Posted June 13, 2016 by Administrator
It isn’t always easy to evaluate all of the aspects of your business that will improve its value. Though valuing a business is a complicated process, there are measures you can take to quantitatively improve the worth of your agribusiness operation.
Differentiate Your Products
Agribusiness has a low barrier to entry, which makes differentiation an important aspect of your competitive advantage. Product differentiation also allows you to price your products at a premium while making your company less vulnerable to your competition.
Multiple unique distribution channels have developed over the last twenty years. This offers your company an opportunity, as long as you understand how to manage your channels. Research the channels that will help you reach the right market for your unique products to increase your returns.
Centralize Your Purchasing
All businesses need to be able to forecast and purchase good efficiently. If you can strategically source your inventory needs while maximizing your channels you can achieve higher gross margins and will be less vulnerable to commodity squeeze.
Another essential element to increasing the value of your business is to reduce costs. This will prove that your company can continue to grow earnings even if sales values level out. Elements of a cost reduction strategy include:
- Strong cost accounting
- Research and Development
- Internal process engineering
- Streamline processes
- Stringent product life cycle evaluation
By mitigating costs, centralizing your purchasing, managing your channels and differentiating your products your company can charge more, develop your brand, and decrease your market risk. Then, when you have improved the value of your business you need to protect it. Contact the experts at Cline Wood to learn more.
Posted August 25, 2015 by Administrator
Agribusiness plays a crucial role in the health, safety, and security of our nation. Our economy depends upon the products we grow, how and where we ship them, and the ongoing success of the businesses that do so. As such, safety, regulatory compliance, science and technology, medical and cultural and shifts, and a host of other factors can significantly impact the health of the agribusiness sector. The Cline Wood agribusiness blog brings interesting and relevant content to those who work in or with the agribusiness community in a concise and professional format. Check out our top 6 posts from recent months to learn more:
- Farmers Encouraged to Speak to the Public about the Long-Term Effects of a Gluten-Free Diet
- Understanding Crop Insurance Tax Deferment
- 3 Ways Agribusiness Owners Can Lower Their Insurance Premiums
- Stay Informed on Animal Health and Food Safety Regulations
- The Future of America May Lie at the Intersection of Fuel and Food Production
- Energy and Natural Resource Companies Need Strong Risk Management Strategies