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A Troubling Trend in Agriculture

Agricultural producers are suffering from a storm of volatile market prices, increasing costs for equipment and treatments, and thinning profit margins. Today, nearly all operations require at least some off-farm income just to survive.

Younger generations see the struggles of their parents and grandparents and decide that this isn’t the lifestyle they want. Can you blame them?

Between rampant consolidation and the lack of operations passing to younger generations, family farms and ranches are disappearing at an alarming rate.

But there is hope!

Starion Bank is Here to Help Reverse this trend.

Creating this agricultural resurgence will take time, new ideas, and a thoughtful balance of four key elements: Soil, Finances, Lifestyle and Succession.

We are producing workshops for producers so that you can learn about each of those elements and how they affect you, your family and your operation today and in the future. Below, you’ll find more details about the elements and information on the upcoming workshops.

Starion Holistic/Regenerative Financing

Starion is pioneering a new set of agricultural financing products to help producers who are at all stages of holistic and regenerative production.

Depending on the types of regenerative practices you choose to transition into your operation, we have financial products to help meet those needs.

Starion offers operating lines of credit with staggered repayment dates if you stack enterprises within your operation.

Additionally, our operating lines will grant collateral credit for soil improvement practices like growing cover crops and watering or fencing systems for rotational grazing or livestock integration.

We also offer long-term financing for soil improvement practices like planting cover crops, so you don’t have to pay it all back in the first operating year.

Agricultural operations that start or amend operations under a full holistic/regenerative production plan typically carry less credit risk due to lower input costs, lower capital needs, stacked enterprises for repayment diversification, soil health improvement for long term productivity, sustainability, drought resistance, and diversification of risk.

To learn more about Starion financing programs, call us today at 888-258-6050 or visit our Agribusiness Bankers page to schedule an appointment.

The 4 Elements of a Healthy Agricultural Operation

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Soil Health:
Healthy soil is your most valuable asset and the foundation of your operation, whether your product is cattle or row crops. Current conventional practices disturb this fragile ecosystem and may seriously damage the long-term productivity of your soil.

Reinvigorating the soil is possible with the right mix of techniques. Cover crops, crop rotations, livestock integrations, multi-species grazing, and other practices help aerate the soil and improve moisture absorption and retention.

Learning how these techniques may apply to your unique operation can set you on a course for higher yields with less money spent on machinery and chemicals.


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Financial Health:

Agricultural debt has risen steadily since 1991. Over the last 30 years, debt growth has averaged 3.9% per year. This trend is a major contributor to the decline is succession rates for family operations.

Moving towards regenerative agriculture can take years, not just a season. The problem is that your current financing tools may not match up with your transition plans.

Starion developed a range of new financial products tailored to the needs of all producers, including regenerative producers. We can help you match the right financial products with your strategic goals.


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Lifestyle:

Which situation sounds like your current lifestyle?

1.  You live in reaction mode. After debt payments, there is almost nothing left for savings or reinvestment. Unexpected challenges leave you scrambling, stressed, and exhausted.
2.  You work with trusted advisors to develop a plan with a decision-making framework that helps you anticipate and overcome challenges as they arise. This keeps your operation on a path to long-term success and succession.

If the first situation hits close to home, we understand. Getting out of that rut is possible. Our goal is to help you move to the second situation. The one that puts you in control of your future.
 

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Succession:
If your finances and yields are suffering, what are the incentives to take over the family operation and inherit a pile of headaches and heartburn? Not much.

A foundation of healthy soil and finances can improve your lifestyle, which in turn increases the odds of the operation passing to the next generation.

Succession planning takes a lot of family discussion and some consultation from financial and legal experts. Your operation is unique and complex, and so handing it over requires all the right boxes to be checked.
 

Upcoming Starion Legacy Agriculture workshops

Legacy Agriculture workshops feature speakers and facilitators who are experts in their fields. We want to give you the tools, frameworks and resources you need to create a more sustainable, profitable operation that will last for generations.

The schools also include time for you to network and connect with the speakers and facilitators, as well as other producers.

Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture Practices

  • Date: July 19-21, 2022

  • Location: Black Leg Ranch | McKenzie, ND

  • The Intro to Regenerative Agriculture Practices will emphasize cover crops, animal integration and multi-species grazing, all of which contribute to a healthier and more sustainable operation.

  • Registration information to come soon!

Legacy Agriculture Biological School

  • Date: August 23-24, 2022

  • Location: Coteau des Prairies Lodge | Havana ND

  • Starion Legacy Biological School will dig deeper into the subject of soil health, explaining how regenerative practices can restore soil and increase production yields without tilling or added chemical treatments.

Legacy Agriculture Financial School

  • Date: November 9-10, 2022

  • Location: TBD | Bottineau ND

  • The Starion Legacy Financial School in November 2022 covers the complex financial challenges of today’s producers, and how they can use new financial tools provided by Starion to transition their operations in a more regenerative direction.

Legacy Agriculture Succession School

  • Date: TBD

  • Location: TBD | Bismarck ND

  • Starion Legacy Succession School will help producers and their families navigate the thorny discussions of generational succession and provide tools and resources for them to develop their own proactive succession plans.