Financial tools help the operation stay on course

Planting season brings with it a lot of responsibilities as far as the farm's day-to-day operations go. But that's not all a farm leader has to worry about. There's also the matter of the overall vision of where the farm is headed and how to get it there. It's not an easy task, keeping the farm progressing toward its goal while juggling everything else on a farm leader's shoulders.

Any navigator is only as good as his tools and resources, and how he utilizes them is just as important. Water Street CEO Darren Frye compares leading a farm to guiding a ship on the ocean in this week's Finance First. Find out which financial tools best help a farm leader steer his course toward the operation's long-term goals by reading Darren's column at