Tenant Evaluation, Recommendation, and Selection
Regardless whether the landowner desires to be involved in the tenant selection process or leave it solely up to the capable decision making of First Harvest Farm Management, LLC, our clients know the right tenant will always be operating their farm.
Capital Improvement Analysis and Project Management
First Harvest Farm Management has the experience and knowledge to evaluate capital improvement projects with a sharp pencil to improve the bottom line of the farm operation. Once the project is approved, we’ll manage it to a successful conclusion.
Obtain Eligibility For and Collect USDA Farm Program Payments
Government farm program payment eligibility gets more restrictive with each farm bill. Let First Harvest navigate the complex process to enroll your farm for eligible program payments.
Oversee Hunting Lease Opportunities
Many farms have opportunities to increase net return from leasing non-tillable land for hunting purposes. With our proper risk management and evaluation of the market, many of our clients can realize extra income from their farm.
Landlord-Tenant Lease Analysis and Implementation
Today, farmland rental is a complex and often confusing decision-making process. First Harvest Farm Management has many years of personal experience in evaluating leases for our own operation as well as for client farms.
Develop and Implement Cost Saving Measures
With today’s tight margins in agriculture, wouldn’t it be reassuring to know you have someone with experience working to protect and improve your bottom line?
Crop Input Analysis and Implementation
At First Harvest Farm Management, it is our goal to review annually the crop rotation and inputs such as fertilizer, herbicides, pesticide programs, and seed selection to ensure that the crop plan fits the farm and the yield goals.
Crop and Farm Insurance Review
Every farm operation needs a robust periodic analysis and review of insurance coverages. First Harvest Farm Management completes an annual review with the landowner to ensure proper coverages are in place.
Enterprise Budgeting and Analysis
How many times have you wondered “Am I getting the best return on my farming operation?” We’ll do the number crunching for you and share our recommendations!
Manage Conservation Practices
We have many years of experience working with government cost-share programs and with conservation contractors. First Harvest will work closely with all parties to make sure the project improves the farm productivity and the bottom line.
Land Acquisition Strategies
Have you ever wondered how adding land might impact your operation? Does it make sense to trade tracts of land or sell a piece and reinvest? We have years of experience working with clients who look at their farmland as an integral part of their investment portfolio. We have excellent relationships with local realtors, attorneys, and banks, and have over 15 years of experience working with IRS Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges.
At First Harvest, we market our client’s grain with one simple philosophy – “If this were our own grain, how would we market it?” At First Harvest, when making grain sales for clients, we utilize advisory services for the big picture strategy, compare local cash grain bids to maximize price, and use a little bit of old-fashioned common sense to ensure that our clients benefit from sound grain marketing strategies.
Joe Dierker is an Accredited Farm Manager certified through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Society of Agronomy and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor through the American Bankers Association – Institute of Certified Bankers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business from Illinois State University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Quincy University. Joe is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program, a highly-recognized two-year curriculum designed to develop leaders in the industry through seminars, domestic and foreign travel and networking with industry and government leaders. Joe has excellent relationships with area farmers, agricultural vendors and resources, attorneys, banks, and realtors. He also has over 15 years of experience in facilitating IRS Section 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges.