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On Thursday, March 23rd, we hosted the 4th annual Generate: Emerging Farm Leaders Workshop! The 20 participants in this year’s workshop learned about:

  • Building a Financial Database
  • Farm Financial Benchmarks
  • Becoming a Low-cost Producer
  • Utilizing non-Farm Assets
  • Managing Producer Risk
  • Precision Ag Update

The lead instructor for the farm finance modules of the program was Kathy Meland, instructor in Farm Business Management at Mitchell Tech. Travis Antonsen, Wheat Growers Producer Marketing Manager taught the session on Managing Producer Risk, and Brent Wiesenburger, Precision Ag Manager, and Jay Culver, MZB Manager, taught the session on Precision Ag. 

If you are interested in attending the next Generate Workshop email Beth at beth.geary@sdwg.com.


Generate Workshop Reviews

"I really enjoyed the Generate Workshop. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the business side of farming and how important it is to know the true picture of how your farm is sitting financially"

Alex -- Northville, SD


"I was very impressed with the Generate program, it was a lot of good information. I came back to the farm about 5 years ago and just wish I would have gone through the program sooner!"

Brad -- Webster, SD


Agriculture today has no "norm", everything seems to change year to year, if not day to day in some ways. Its increasingly difficult for producers, young and old, to retain everything that is going on. Generate is a great program for everyone. I believe even "seasoned' farmers/ranchers would have taken more than one bit of information away from this course. I really enjoyed the Managing Producer Risk section of the day! Wheat Growers really helped me understand the benefit of utilizing these tools in certain aspects of our operation. I feel I have a better understanding of the options available to us as growers to market, protect and manage our operations.  The Generate workshop gave me an all-around look into every aspect of farming. It helped me to locate areas of our operation that we could improve in, not only in the field but in the office as well! I'm not a huge fan of sitting in the office all day, but Generate was by far the most informative, useful class I have ever attended. Thank you, Wheat Growers for caring about our future!

Brett -- Conde, SD


My husband and I have recently taken over a lot of the farming duties since my father passed away unexpectedly. He is responsible for the farming while I am responsible for the bookkeeping. When I saw that Wheat Growers was putting on a Generate Workshop for new farmers I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for us to learn more about a lot of the different areas of farming. The workshop did not disappoint! We got quality education in the areas of bookkeeping, taxes, marketing, and precision ag. The best part about it was that it was one day and with our busy schedules one day was perfect. In farming you have to wear many hats and knowledge is key to becoming successful. I feel that this workshop provided us with the tools that we will need to take the farm to the next level and make my father proud.

Lori & Cody --Warner, SD