Field Notes Podcast
#99: Becoming a Certified Appraiser
Mandy Rhodes, an appraiser with AgChoice Farm Credit, shares about the process it takes to become an appraiser and her perspectives on the importance of an appraisal in the loan process. Mandy has held a number of positions during her tenure at AgChoice and recently passed her state certification exam to be a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
#98: From 4-H to Full-Time: Farming with Eliza Walton
Eliza Walton sits down with us this week to tell her story of growing up on a farm to eventually operating her own business in Centre County, Pennsylvania. She reflects on the challenges of finding farmland for young and beginning farmers while offering her advice for those looking to get started with their own businesses.
#97: Center for Rural Pennsylvania with Kyle Kopko
Joining us this week is Kyle Kopko, director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. We’ll learn more from Kyle about the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and its resources. The Center serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
#96: Don't Forget to Update Your Year-End Balance Sheet
AgChoice Loan Officer Kara McClure joins us for this episode. She discusses why balance sheets are important to loan officers and how to complete a year-end balance sheet.
#95: Innovation in the Apple Industry
In this week's episode we talk with Leighton Rice who is part of R&L Orchards and Rice Fruit Company in Adams County, PA. Leighton is also a semifinalist in the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge for his StemPunk invention.
#94: Christmas Time is Here: Talking Christmas Trees with Tuckaway Tree Farm
Tis the season! We are gearing up for the holiday season by talking with Larry and Ashley Latta of Tuckaway Tree Farm. Listen to hear the couple's journey of buying a Christmas tree farm and their lessons learned.
#93: What’s New in the PA Forest Products Industry?
In this week's episode, we sit down with Matt Gabler, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Gabler shares the importance of the forest products industry as well as updates and what issues are currently facing the industry.
#92: Growing a Diversified Business
In this week's podcast episode, we talk with Brian Smyser from Smysers Richlawn Farm about how to grow a diversified business. Brian shares his experiences with operating a roadside stand, hosting weekend fall festivals, selling freezer beef and more!
#91: Farming: A "Growing Business"
Daniel Hartzell joins us this week to share stories of his family's dairy farm. Daniel reflects on the rewarding feeling of farming as a career and focusing on what you can control in a business. Listen to hear more about his "growing" business!
#90: Tips to Make Tax Planning Easier
In this interview, we speak with Sarah Meyers, AgChoice Accounting Officer, to discuss the importance of tax planning and how to make the process easier. Sarah shares her advice on what farmers can do to prepare for tax season as we approach the end of 2021.
#89: SBDCs Help Businesses Get started
In this week's podcast episode, we meet with Winifred McGee from the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. Winifred tells us about SBDCs and how they help entrepreneurs get their businesses started. Listen to learn how farmers benefit from the program.
#88: Making Sense of Leasing
In this week's podcast episode, Executive AgChoice Loan Officer Jeff Moser breaks down leases, telling us how they work and when to use them instead of a loan. Listen to learn about the different kinds of leases and hear Jeff's advice.