With the recent onset of unprecedented rainstorms, with yet another major front moving in this week and next week, planting and harvesting activities will be severely constrained.

Below are a few important recommendations to consider before engaging in agricultural operations due to excessive rain or flooding in your fields.

Many employers find it worthwhile to check the references, job history, personal character, criminal conviction history or credit history of an individual prior to making the decision to hire or promote. This can be done through an in-house investigation using public records or by an outside third-party consumer-reporting agency (CRA).

Teresa McQueen

The success of every organization relies on a thriving workforce, whose leaders inspire creativity, know how to effectively delegate tasks, and make decisions with integrity. To keep your employees engaged, consider providing your management team with new tools and insights that can help them be more effective at managing challenges and change. Leadership is a skill that takes time to grow and develop. With a strong training program, your managers’ can learn powerful principles to influence your workforce and impact your business outcome.

Anna Bilderbach

The USDA Farm Service Agency has opened Phase Two of the Revenue Loss Assistance Emergency Relief Program (ERP) for those who suffered a revenue loss associated with natural disaster-affected crops during the 2020 or 2021 calendar year. According to the USDA press release, “Assistance will be primarily to producers of crops that were not covered by Federal Crop Insurance or NAP, since crops covered by Federal Crop Insurance and NAP were included in the assistance under ERP Phase One.”

Kara Timmins


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