FBN℠ Is Now 10,000 Farms Strong — Here’s What That Means for You

Today we welcomed the 10,000th farmer into the FBN℠ network! It’s a moment worthy of celebration, and one that impacts each and every one of us within this interconnected community of farmers.

When Farmers Business Network℠ formed in 2014, we set out to transform industry practices that had been unfair to farmers for far too long. By leveraging price and performance data and tapping into the network strength of farmers across the continent, farming is getting better for farmers.

The power of a network 10,000 farmers strong

Together we’ve proved that there is strength in numbers. And as we continue to grow this network so will your ability to maximize profit potential on your own operation. 

Here are ten ways this network 10,000 farms strong is delivering more and more value to you and your operation: 

10. Farm smarter with groundbreaking reports and guides

Valuable reports like our U.S. Seed Price Transparency Report, Canola Seed Price Transparency Report and Seed Relabeling Report are made possible because farmers like you have demanded greater access to greater transparency and reliable insights. 

The price and performance data you anonymously contribute gives farmers across the FBN network a better picture of trends within the ag industry and helps you demand a fair price when buying inputs. 

As we continue gathering more quality data from member farmers, you’ll receive even more groundbreaking guides and reports that put power back into your hands.

9. Save money buying inputs online

Ten thousand farmers means more buying power, plain and simple. When you buy inputs online through FBN Direct℠, you can save big building your management strategy and have your ag chemicals delivered straight to your farm without ever stepping away from your operation.

Hearing about the money farmers are saving—thousands and thousands of dollars in many cases—is one of the most rewarding experiences for all of us at FBN.

“The experience of buying chemical through FBN has been great for me. I put a pencil to my savings and I estimated that last year I saved about $65,000 by purchasing through FBN Direct.”

– Chad Fullerton, Missouri

Plus as we continue to grow we’re able to expand our network of distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, which means you’ll gain greater access to the chemicals you need when you need them at a fair price.

8. Boost your potential ROI planting conventional corn 

This growing network of farmers paved the way for a new seed line aimed at giving you direct access to breeders and delivering quality genetics at a fair price.

hunhoff-farms-f2fLast year more than 1,000 farmers planted F2F Genetics Network™ hybrids and varieties—led by our incredibly priced conventional corn seed—and the ROI numbers are looking great as harvest data rolls in. We’ve rolled out another strong lineup for 2020 and are eager to keep changing the seed ROI landscape together.

7. Connect and recharge at Farmer2Farmer

We started hosting an annual meet-up in 2015 to better connect farmers across the FBN network, and a few hundred farmers showed up. That event has grown hand in hand with our network membership over the past five years, giving you the opportunity to connect with other farmers, access resources to strengthen your operation and learn how to get even more out of your FBN membership. 

In 2019 we hosted our biggest and best Farmer2Farmer event yet, with more than 3,000 farmers gathering under one roof in Omaha. We’re already planning for next year and can’t wait to connect with even more farmers across the network at Farmer2Farmer VI.

6. Use data-driven tools to help your farm win

Our data-driven approach to farming is leveling the playing field for farmers across the U.S. and Canada. Online tools like Seed Finder deliver real-world data on how hybrids and varieties actually perform across thousands of acres, giving you greater insight when you select seeds to plant on your operation. You can also control for conditions similar to your own farm and fields and use our price transparency tools to make sure you’re paying a fair price.

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Learn how to use Seed Finder to boost ROI on your operation.

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Thanks to farmers who contribute their data to the network, Seed Finder now features reliable performance information on more than 5,000 hybrids and varieties, effectively turning the whole world into your plot trial.

5. Find your grain marketing co-pilot

One of the biggest challenges farmers face is knowing when and how to sell their grain. Particularly at the end of a challenging crop year, it can be extremely difficult to separate emotions from the decisions you need to make.

Our crop marketing services are built around data science and fueled by the strength of the network. FBN Market Advisory members get access to online tools—including our newly launched HedgeCommand system—which provides data-backed insights, show you ways to maximize your farm’s profit potential and help take some of the emotion out of marketing your grain.

"HedgeCommand gives me a simple way to see my current sales position and what I should be considering based on the current market. I can easily change my market viewpoint, which then instantly shows me recommendations of possible sales. It is now my quick, daily check to keep up on my position." 

– Chris Clifford, Nebraska

Testimonials are not indicative of future performance or success.

4. Get more decision-making power through price transparency

We believe that price transparency is a basic consumer right, so one of the first things we did when FBN was formed was to invite farmers to anonymously contribute their input invoices. This data provides the basis for our price transparency reports and supports our Seed Finder and Savings Finder tools to help you ensure you’re getting a fair deal. 

As more farmers join our network and upload invoices, you’re getting an even clearer picture of what others are paying for seed and chemicals—and that’s putting power back in your hands.

3. Find crop insurance coverage that meets your unique needs

Coming out of a challenging year such as this, you’re keenly aware of your need for a crop insurance policy you can count on. In another effort to put Farmers First®, we created FBN Crop Insurance to offer a full suite of insurance products. 

Our data-driven tools are able to crunch the numbers when you upload your AIP data and show you coverage options that are best suited to meet your operation’s unique needs.

"FBN told us about a crop insurance product we weren't even aware of that could save us money and give us better coverage.That's a win-win."

– Tom Pitstick, Ohio

2. Gain access to affordable health coverage for farmers 

Just about any American farmer can attest to the challenges of finding quality, affordable health coverage that fits you and your family’s needs. You’re often stuck paying a bigger share of your plan’s premium, and sometimes coverage levels place even more financial burdens on your operation.

But we told ourselves when FBN formed that if it’s good for farmers, we’re going to do it. That’s why we launched FBN Health. By utilizing the size of the network, we’re able to offer competitive rates and quality coverage—giving you and your family access to greater well-being and peace of mind.

When we hear from farmers like Michael Bergen who are looking at saving thousands of dollars getting coverage through FBN Health, we know that we’re doing the right thing.

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1. Participate in a community of farmers

When people ask me what FBN is, I always tell them that we are first and foremost a connected network and community of farmers. We’re providing you with a way to connect with other farmers, share insights and learn from one another so that together we can level the playing field and make farming better for farmers.

And as this community grows, you’re able to develop relationships with other farmers—both virtually through our FBN Community app as well as in person at events like Farmer2Farmer and other regional meet-ups—to support your own practice and build an even stronger network for everyone.

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Let’s keep making farming better for farmers—together

Do you want to be part of this movement that is changing the face of the entire industry and, rightfully so, putting Farmers First®? Sign up for a demo and find out how we’re making farming better for farmers like you.

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