Top Ten Most Popular Episodes

Welcome to Modern Farm Business podcast, hosted weekly by Dean Heffta. This podcast translates proven methods and best practices from the business arena to today's modern farm leadership environment. Learn from forward-thinking experts and discover how to apply time-tested techniques to make real improvements on the farm...

Below is a current listing of our Top Ten most downloaded episodes. It's a good place to start if you're new to the podcast. You can access all of our episodes at the podcast's home page, or search and subscribe to "Modern Farm Business" in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider.




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#10: Clarifying my values to build a solid farm foundation

In this episode we discover the importance of defining Core Values for your farming operation. It's the second part of our discussion on laying the foundation of today's successful farm. 


#9: Economics for the farm leader

Few people truly understand the economic trends and forces that are at work in the world, constantly influencing the planning, decision-making and profitability of business leaders everywhere. In this episode of Modern Farm Business™ podcast, Dean sheds some light on the world of economics. His guest is a nationally-renowned expert and speaker on the grain and energy markets, and founder of The Kernmantle Group—an economics research and training consultancy, Dr. Matt Roberts.

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#8: The four responsibilities of a farm leader

Being a leader means many things—but there are a few core responsibilities that the leaders of successful businesses must tend to well. Join us on this episode to learn more about those responsibilities and the three different roles that exist in the farm business.


#7: Turn your ship around!

The systems around us are too complex for us to have all the answers for every situation. It’s important as a leader to grow and develop our team’s capabilities to make responsible decisions on their own as needed. Communication of intent is a key to that development. In this episode, former Navy Submarine Commander David Marquet shares revelations on how to achieve a cooperative and supportive environment that fosters the confidence and leadership abilities of team members. It's these revelations which he used as the basis for his Intent-Based Leadership™ system and presented in his highly acclaimed Amazon bestseller, Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders.

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#6: How to bring my vision for the farm to life!

In this premiere episode, we began looking at the foundation of today's successful farms by exploring the benefits of crafting and embracing a Vision Statement for your farming operation.

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#5: Does your farm have a strategic advantage?

The goal of business is to build a sustainable competitive advantage. This episode discusses not only what the leader must overcome in their day-to-day, but the choices they need to make in order to grow their farm's resilience.


#4: Cut the cost of drama

In this episode we welcome Cy Wakeman to explore her experiences and perspectives on leadership. Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Her philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

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#3: Investing in tomorrow's ag leaders

In this premiere episode, we began looking at the foundation of today's successful farms by exploring the benefits of crafting and embracing a Vision Statement for your farming operation.


#2: Finding great people for your team

In this Modern Farm Business podcast, Dean Heffta builds on the "people" aspect of running a farm by helping listeners streamline the recruiting and hiring process. Find more candidates with the right "fit" by following the process of Foundation, Clarification, Communication and Selection.


#1: Seven things you forgot to ask about employees

"What should or shouldn't I ask interviewees?"
"How do I know I'm compensating employees fairly?"
"What if I need to let someone go?"
These common questions and many more will be answered in this episode, as Dean welcomes his guest, HR professional Andrea Majors.