Fielding Questions is a podcast that explores a wide range of topics within the world of farm finance and rural living. Each episode features AgCountry staff who examine different issue areas.  

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Episodes

Recreational Land
Whether it's hunting, fishing, riding ATVs, or just having a place of your own, purchasing recreational land comes with a different set of considerations than buying farmland. Kyle Rylander, MVP Home Loans with AgCountry, joins the program to discuss the ins and outs of financing rec land.

Monitor Basis Levels
In the latest edition of Fielding Questions, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Vice President of Insurance and Customer Education Rob Fronning considers the latest market developments. There have been basis opportunities, but growers should be alert to basis levels. A rangebound market and market considerations for 2023 are also discussed.

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance
In the latest edition of the Fielding Questions podcast, Geoff Blegen, SVP Insurance with AgCountry Farm Credit Services, highlights Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance. "There is an opportunity to protect your investment or potentially get money back if they need to buy hay or get more pasture ground," said Blegen.

2022 Harvest Update
AgCountry Farm Credit Services VP Insurance and Customer Education Rob Fronning joins the podcast to give listeners an update on how harvest is moving. Rob also discusses transportation and crop insurance options.

Farm Safety
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation and AgCountry Farm Credit Services are dedicated to farm safety. Hear more in the latest Fielding Questions podcast episode from Progressive Agriculture Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Kuhl about the work they do and the importance of farm safety.

Margin Protection
Farmers have many options when it comes to picking the right crop insurance policies for their operation. On this episode of Fielding Questions, we'll learn more about Margin Protection from Vice President of Insurance and Customer Education Rob Fronning. Can Margin Protection help you? Find out by listening along!

S&R: Staying on Track
In this episode of the Fielding Questions podcast, Russ Tweiten, senior vice president of succession and retirement planning with AgCountry Farm Credit Services, emphasizes the need to stay on track with the succession and retirement plan. "The key is to have a written plan for every component of the farm." Accountability is critically important. "What we like to do initially is to have a separate meeting with the parents and a separate meeting with the successors to make sure a shared vision is there."

Crop Update
In the latest Fielding Questions episode, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Tangen talks markets, crop conditions, and takes a closer look at the August USDA report findings.

First Time Borrower
Taking out your first farm loan can be intimidating. AgCountry Farm Credit Services VP Loan Officer Jack Buckley has a few tips for first-time borrowers in the latest Fielding Questions episode.

Political Update
AgCountry SVP of Government and Public Affairs Howard Olson outlines the current political environment. In addition, Olson previews a Midwest Ag Council event and an executive-level conference about the next five years in agriculture.

Markets & Planting Wrap Up
AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Tangen talks about the grain markets and the wrap-up of spring planting. Hear more about it in the latest Fielding Questions podcast episode, presented by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

Emergency Relief Program
Another round of disaster relief payments are coming to Northern Plains crop farmers with crop losses due to drought in 2020 and 2021. AgCountry Farm Credit Services VP Insurance and Customer Education Rob Fronning has more details about the USDA’s new Emergency Relief Program.

Prevented Planting
The cold, wet weather is delaying spring planting in the Northern Plains. Prevent plant is one decision farmers will need to make in the next few weeks. AgCountry Farm Credit Services Crop Insurance Supervisor Nick Dreyer says this prevent plant year is different from others. Strong commodity prices and global demand incentivize getting a crop planted, if possible, this spring. That means several Northern Plains farmers may end up planting past the final planting date. Hear more in the latest Fielding Questions podcast episode, presented by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

Succession Planning 101
With the average age of farmers & ranchers ticking up, farm transitions will soon be taking place. Bobbi Sondreal, consultant-succession and retirement planning with AgCountry, drops by the podcast to discuss the basics of succession planning.

2022 Spring Weather Preview
Farmers will soon begin planting their 2022 crops. With each new crop year comes questions about what growing conditions will look like. We will preview what the near-term weather has in store for the upper Midwest as Paul Trambley, chief meteorologist with Weatherology, joins the program.

USDA Prospective Planting Report
In this episode of the Fielding Questions podcast, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Tangen previews the USDA Prospective Plantings Report and considers market strategies during a very volatile time.

Knowing Your Numbers
Costs are rising for farmers and ranchers - be it inputs or land. A key to success is having a good grip on your operation's numbers. Market Vice President Ron Haugen joins us to discuss the importance of knowing your numbers and how it leads to success.

Acreage Decisions
AgCountry Farm Credit Services Marketing Education Specialist Katie Tangen says there's been a lot of back-and-forth in the commodity markets. Farmers are keeping those prices in mind, along with input costs, as they make acreage decisions for 2022. Hear more in the latest Field Questions podcast.

Supply Chain Disruptions
How do supply chain disruptions change the approach for farmers as they go into spring? AgCountry Farm Credit Services Market Education Specialist Katie Tangen answers that question, and more, in the latest Fielding Questions episode. This podcast, produced in collaboration between AgCountry FCS and the Red River Farm Network, explores the world of farm finance and rural life.

Credit Risk Chain
The credit risk chain is a concept used by lenders to assess financial risk. AgCountry Farm Credit Services Branch Manager at Lisbon, North Dakota Park Wiltse cover this topic and more in the latest Fielding Questions episode. This podcast, produced in collaboration between AgCountry FCS and the Red River Farm Network, explores the world of farm finance and rural life.

AgDirect
Farmers and ranchers have many different options when it comes to financing equipment. On this episode, we're learning about one of those options from Tate Moser, territory manager for AgDirect.

Young & Beginning Farmers
Young and beginning farmers are an important segment within agriculture. Although there are challenges to getting started, resources exist to help young and beginning farmers get off the ground. AVP Loan Officer Sarah Schaffer stops by to discuss what resources can be used along with tips for keeping a good relationship with your lender.

Appraisals
If you're looking to purchase land or build your dream home, odds are good you'll go through the appraisal process. AgCountry's Chief Appraiser, Tim Kreft, joins the podcast to talk about what goes into an appraisal, what appraisers are looking for and how can sellers add value to their property.

Leasing
Leasing has many benefits - like providing a flexible way to control cash flow while preserving capital. Amy Weum of Farm Credit Leasing joins the podcast to discuss what can and cannot be leased and why a farmer or rancher should consider a lease the next time they're in the market for equipment or facilities. 

Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP)
Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) is an insurance option that is designed to insure against unexpected declines in the quarterly revenue from milk sales relative to a guaranteed coverage level. AVP Loan Officer Dennis Bangart joins the podcast to talk about DRP and what it could mean for farmers.

Should I Buy Farmland?
One question farmers and ranchers can struggle with at times revolves around purchasing additional farmland. Multiple factors should be considered before moving forward with such a large purchase. Ross Hebrink, VP loan officer, helps walk us through the lending process for purchasing additional land.

Hail Insurance 
Although farmers may have plans, nature can get in the way. Luckily, farmers can hedge against the natural risks to their revenue. On this episode of Fielding Questions, we learn about hail insurance. Listen along as Insurance Specialist/Coordinator Beth Erickson and VP Loan Officer Jeff Schaefer break it all down.

The Basics of a Will - Part Two
This is part two of our conversation with Andy Zenk, consultant-succession and retirement planning. Listen along as we explore the basics of a will. What is it? Why should a will be created? What about the who and when? We're answering those questions and more!

The Basics of a Will - Part One
In the very first episode of Fielding Questions, we explore the basics of a will. What is it? Why should a will be created? What about the who and when? Learn more as Andy Zenk, consultant-succession and retirement planning, walks us through what you need to know in part 1 of our conversation!