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Farm Management Resources

The following farm management links are provided as a service to our viewers. First Mid Ag Services Farm Management is not responsible for the content of the websites listed nor does placement represent an endorsement of any views or opinions expressed. First Mid Ag Services Farm Management.

University of Illinois - Farmdoc
Farm and Risk Management tools & Information

Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association
A cooperative educational-service program to assist farmers with management decision-making.

Iowa State University
Extension - Farm Management Publications

Purdue University - King Corn.org
A World Wide Web site devoted to more profitable corn management systems

University of Missouri - Farm Management AgEBB
Ag Electronic Bulletin Board of Farm Management Resources


Why First Mid Ag Services

Why First Mid Ag Services? What is farm management? Well, just like it sounds, farm management is the management of farms. Management is one of the four pillars of business. That is Land, Labor, Management & Capital. Management provides direction for the optimal use of the other three pillars.

We take pride in the farm management services we provide and invite you to see how we can make farm management work for you.

Professional Farm Management

Professional Farm Management has only been around since the turn of the last century, but in that time, professional farm management has played a vital role in American Agriculture.

During World War I, demand (and prices) for American agricultural products grew, causing American farmers to scramble to produce more crops. Many borrowed heavily to buy land and modern industrial equipment.

In 1920, many European nations imposed tariffs on imported agricultural goods to support their farm industries. Prices dropped resulting in depressed land markets. Farmers were unable to pay back borrowed money. Faced with taking a loss selling land in a depressed market or becoming landlords of foreclosed property, many banks opted for the latter with professional farm management, hoping that land values would return.

The first farm management employees were loan officers who themselves grew up on a farm. They brought their business management skills to farm management at a time when many farmers had too many responsibilities on the family farm to further their education beyond high school.

Professional farm management led the way to bring innovative technology and business practices to farm production. From the management of high yielding hybrid crops, to adopting risk-lowering crop rotations, to use of new fertilizer and herbicide technologies, Professional Farm Management has and continues to make American agriculture the world class industry it is today.