I am a firm believer in the preservation of the family farm as the preferred entity to manage and steward our food production industry. This belief has been a primary driver in motivating me to help family farmers adopt more professional management practices. Many struggling farmers are quick to blame government interference, low prices, uncooperative lenders, foreign subsidies or greedy and indiscreet neighbors for all their problems.
In fact, much of the blame in their failure to achieve full potential rests with their management system and practices. Improved performance, teamwork, and quality of life is easily attainable if one develops a clear vision of how to incorporate improved management practices and invest in the effort to change.
Dick’s unique background and experience with Farm Credit, owning and operating their large family farm operation, and his farm consulting work make him very qualified and credible to teach other advisors. The value I received from his [Train the Trainer] workshop was well worth the time and cost to attend.
In addition to being an excellent seminar leader/teacher/counselor, [Dick] is one of a very few I know who actually live what they preach. He’s been a lender, and is a multi-enterprise farmer/rancher, family business consultant, and an author. [Dick’s] book “Building Effective Farm Management Systems” is the most comprehensive and practical management guide available for the business-oriented farmer.
Dick Wittman has given us the tools operate our family ranch in a businesslike manner. In using the guidebook and walking us through it we were able to clean up those “messy” areas that are in about every family ranch I have been associated with. I am convinced that the tools in the guidebook, if put into practice, will enable family ranches to avoid division and broken relationships that are so common in the farm and ranch industry.
The invaluable insight, guidance, and direction provided within Dick’s guidebook has been of the utmost importance and value during these ever changing as well as challenging times within the agricultural sector. [It] has helped us steer the directional operation of our farm operation into the future.
Dick comes from a place of first-hand agricultural business knowledge; he walks the talk. He is a farmer first; a consultant second. Farmers know the difference and they trust his guidance.