Ag Business Tip: Team up, plan ahead!

As any ag business is well-aware, a sound financial plan implementing a team approach is integral to running a successful ag operation.  A do-it-yourself approach just isn’t going to cut it.  To secure your farm’s financial future, you need to bring together a solid team of advisors and experts that are well equipped and ready to help you assess all of the options, opportunities, and risks associated with your ag business.

Building a team will help you to solidify many facets of your operation, such as its vision, goals, products, markets, timeframes, financial strategies, and resources.  Having a solid team will also help you to:

  • Monitor financial performance
  • Mitigate risks
  • Make adjustments as needed
  • Evaluate areas where you would do well to add assets to boost profitability.

Truth is, running an agricultural operation can be a risky and tricky business.  The do-it-yourself approach might not work in the face of unforeseen setbacks.  Risks—including production, yield, price, and market risks—as well as other aspects of agricultural risk, such as lack of diversification and politics, all must be identified, measured, and actively managed in order to secure the stability and success of your operation.

That’s where an ag lending team steps in, helping your ag operation deal with these risks and other setbacks, such as failing crops, unfavorable weather, decreased productivity, and fluctuating market prices.  Plus, having a trusted ag lender on your team will help you secure unique opportunities that traditional lending institutions just can’t handle or support.  What’s more, when it comes time to finance your much-needed assets, including items such as land, equipment, and new digital technology, your lender is your go-to farmland financing resource.

With several ag lending professionals holding strong backgrounds in farm, ranch, livestock, and farm operating lending, you’ll be happy to have Bankers South as your lender.  Whether it’s time to refinance a high interest ag loan or plant your next row crop, we are here to help you along the road to success!

This column is sponsored by Bankers South Lending & Finance.


column by LEIGH ANN WYNN

BIO: Leigh Ann Wynn is the Sr. VP of business development for Bankers South.  Adding mortgage loan originator to her title, Leigh Ann is actively working with the AgAmerica Lending Program by Bankers South, offering low interest ag loans.  As an active member of the ag community and a seventh generation Floridian, Leigh Ann understands your ag needs and is here to answer your questions.  She can be reached at or (863) 607-9500.

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