National Company we are proud of the many long-term relationships we have with
our clients. We currently have over 1,500 clients that have been with us for
over 25 years. We are also proud of the fact that we have over 300 clients
where we have managed their farms for over 50 years continuously. All of our
clients are on one-year contract with Farmers National Company.
Richard C. Rowe
My sister and I owned approximately 89 acres north of
Burlington. Since I am a real estate
broker in St. Louis I truly only considered listing the property with a local
real estate company. However, after
meeting with John I decided to employ Farmers National to auction our property.
I was extremely pleased with John's professionalism, knowledge and
ability. We communicated several times
each week from the time we signed the contract to the sale date. He was helpful in making decisions
concerning what work should or should not be completed to the property to bring
the best price. He was instrumental in
acquiring contractors to complete the work and since I am in St. Louis he also
supervised. We received numerous
pictures of the property at various stages throughout the contract period. As a real estate professional I can
confidently state that John went above and beyond what I expected.
Madie Ivy Head
for the Land
Ivy Head grew up on a Texas Ranch. Her parents instilled in her a love for the
land that she carries with her today. As her parents aged and the ranch passed
to the next generation, it became increasingly difficult to look after the
land. In 2010, Ivy sought help to analyze what needed to be done with the ranch
to bring it back up to the quality operation that it had been.
"I turned to the Farmers National Company team
of ranch managers to help
me with professional ranch management. The managers had the education
and expertise to evaluate
my ranch and handle it correctly. They bring their hands-on, boots-on-the-ground approach
to managing water and grass assets on my ranch. The managers first did an
analysis of what it would
take to get my land back up to being a top-tier ranch. They then handled
the improvement projects
and kept me informed throughout." Today Ivy is moving ahead with the management
plan developed for her
ranch by the FNC ranch managers. Ivy has invested in 17 miles of new fencing
and other improvements
that will have the ranch in good shape for the next generation of her family.
The managers have
instituted a good cattle lease and are working to improve hunting and fishing
"My Farmers National
Company managers have a love for the land just like I do. They know ranching
and it has made all the
difference on my Kaliko Ranch."
Minna Lou Mercer
Farmland is a Good Investment through the Generations
Minna Lou Mercer never lived on a farm, but over the
decades, her family has instilled into each succeeding generation the
importance of owning farmland. "My mother had a very strong attachment to the
land her grandfather had farmed, including land that had been in the family
since the Civil War. For 70 years she told me 'don't sell the home place!'"
Knowing that she can't manage the farms herself, Minna Lou
turns to Farmers National Company and her two managers to take care of
everything for her from leasing to financial reporting and everything in
between. "I am really happy with the job everyone at Farmers National Company
is doing for me. They consult with me regularly and they all are responsive to
Minna Lou believes farmland is a good, solid investment
for her. She is continuing the family tradition as she includes her daughters
Michelle and Liane in on the importance of farmland to their family. Minna Lou
appreciates that Farmers National Company is looking out after her best
interests today and will be taking great care of the farms for the generations
Ty and Mary Olsen
Trust in the Business of Farming
Farmland ownership is important to Ty and Mary Olsen.
Their goals include good-long term stewardship of their land as well as turning
a profit in each year of operation. The Olsen's place their trust in John
Mandeville, their Farmers National Company Farm Manager, to take care of the
land and to run the farming business carried on there.
"John is a pleasure to work with. Our farms are
operated under custom farming arrangements with two operators, with whom John
works to make crop plans and to get crops planted and harvested. He monitors
crop conditions during the growing season and markets the grain from the farms.
Over the years, he has improved soil and drainage conditions on the farms. He
has produced excellent results for us, and we are very satisfied with the
management of our farms. John communicates often with us, and we learn
something every time we talk!"
McPherson and Viki Kugler
MANAGING THE FAMILY HERITAGE
Lancaster County, Nebraska,
landowners Val McPherson and Viki Kugler represent the third generation of
ownership of the family farm. "Dad loved the land, he enjoyed going to the
farm, walking on the land, and just spending time there," said Mr. McPherson.
"Dad instilled in both of us the desire to take good care of the farm and leave
it in better shape than we found it for the next generation. Dad would be very
pleased with how my sister and I have been able to handle the farm working
through Farmers National Company to not only maintain the land, but to improve
it as well."
As children, Val and Viki would
visit the farm with their parents, so they have some knowledge of agriculture.
When they became the stewards of the farm, they knew they needed professional
help and they turned to Farmers National Company (FNC). At FNC, they work with
Doug Hansen, AFM, Senior Farm Manager. According to Mr. McPherson, "We both
really appreciate Doug's help as he has been instrumental in using farm
programs to design conservation projects to improve our property. We currently
have terracing and tile projects on the farm to improve the soil and
productivity. Through Doug's help, we removed an old building site adding
and Viki Kugler have recently converted the ownership from a C Corporation to S
Corporation. Changing the ownership structure along with quality stewardship of
the farm will make it better for the next generation.
Ron and Ruthe Meter
"It takes a lifetime to build a dream!"
"When the time came to change
our farmland to a retirement fund, we needed expert advice, the experience of a
nationwide sales company, and the expertise of a top-notch sales staff. We
chose Jay Johnson with Farmers National Company to represent us in selling our
farm in Alliance, Nebraska, and were confident that he was honest, trustworthy,
reliable, and very professional.
Jay rose to the challenge and
the end result of the sale of our ag aland was extremely gratifying. Mr.
Johnson represented himself and his company with pride and integrity, and we
would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone desiring to sell or buy real
John and June Simon
Farmland As A
and June Simon bought their first farm in 1990 through the assistance of the
local Farmers National Company (FNC) agent. FNC staff worked diligently with
the Simons to review the farms and evaluate each for investment quality. This
was vitally important for the Simons because they were using hard earned money
from other investments to buy their first farm. After careful consideration,
Farmers National Company was the one they trusted to help them make the purchase.
the years, several additional farms have been purchased to add to the farmland
portfolio of the Simons. John and June turn to the trusted professionals at
Farmers National Company to manage their farm investment because of the hands-on,
local expertise of the farm managers. The accounting statements not only serve
the needs of the Simons, but also make their tax accountant extremely
and June are very pleased with their farmland investments. Farmers
National Company has been beside them
from the beginning, assisting them in buying and managing each farm so that
they are profitable and enjoyable to own.
Dan and Charol Pleiss
FNC Helps Make the Farm Investment Profitable
Pleiss, CPA, knows numbers and how business investments work. When it came time
to invest in farmland, Dan and Charol turned to Farmers National Company for
guidance in making farm ownership profitable.
first introduction to Farmers National Company was through my father-in-law who
worked at Farmers National Company for over 30 years. With the assistance of
Farmers National Company, my wife and I made a farm investment. It was only
fitting that we would continue to use their services to manage the farm
investment. We have been very pleased with the results. The farm manager is
available to answer questions regarding farm operations and grain marketing.
The annual landowner workshops help to keep the landowner up to date on topics
pertinent to the farming operations."
John S. Wilson
Security, Improvements, and Increased Profits
Landowners have many reasons for
turning to Farmers National Company for help with their farms. Nearly three
decades ago, the Wilson family turned to Farmers National Company for security,
improvement of the farms, and increased profits.
the 28 ensuing years since making our decision to employ Farmers National
Company, we have profited with this management organization as a result of
all our farms have now been completely converted to written, custom farming
leases, as a result of spreadsheet analysis by our managers, which showed the
greatest potential return, with managed risk, for our overall operation. We
have benefited from other improvements which were all suggested by our farm
National Company, through their on-site managers and their expertise, has made
many things possible for our family, including education of our children,
comfortable retirement, and an overall feeling of security that we are well
represented as absentee owners of our farmland in Iowa and Illinois. We feel
quite confident that our children will inherit an extremely well-managed farm
Mike and Suzanne Palmer
family began farming in Nebraska back in the 1840s. The land passed down
through Suzanne's grandfather William Straub, all the way to our children - the
fifth generation to own farmland in Nebraska. It's been just about 50 years
since Suzanne's father, Dwight Perkins, recognized the outstanding farm
management offered by Farmers National Company and began working with them - to
his great satisfaction. We have happily relied on them ever since.
live in Colorado and don't get back to Nebraska often; but thanks to Farmers
National we have absolute confidence that our farms are being managed according
to the highest professional standards. Through the years, Farmers National has
done consistently excellent work on every aspect of farm operations. We particularly
appreciate the dedicated, friendly, personal service we've always received, the
clear detailed explanations of complex agricultural issues, and the depth of
experience and knowledge that underlies everything they do. In addition, their
long-term commitment to conservation of the land is impressive -- and
reassuring for the future.
help and expertise of Bernie Winter and Rich Hickman have been invaluable in
many, many ways and we truly can't thank them enough.
were not for Farmers National, it would be impossible for us to continue to
maintain our family's Nebraska farming heritage. We are grateful for all that
Farmers National has done for us, and we recommend them without reservations."
Ted and Fran Hiemstra
70 years ago, Fran's grandfather Judge Frank Munday was wise enough to see the
value in purchasing Nebraska farmland. When the farms were passed along to our
generation from Fran's parents, we tried managing our farms from Seattle for a
few years, but we just weren't confident that we were being good stewards of
Judge Munday's legacy.
a visit to Nebraska in 2003, we began to consider hiring a professional farm
management company. We were intrigued by the number of advantages: marketing
expertise, up-to-date leasing contracts, active management of the land with an
eye to environmentally sound farming practices, possible improvement of return
on investment through 1031 exchanges, and "ease of mind" provided by Farmers
assigned managers for each of our farms and we began a long-distance
relationship. One of the major changes was FNC's recommendation to sell two of
the low-returning farms and purchase a higher quality farm through a 1031
exchange. Our return-on-equity is much improved and we're very pleased with
Farmers National. Our managers keep us informed with frequent reports, phone
calls, and emails. We are confident that we're being much better stewards of
the land and the Munday legacy. We're excited about educating our adult
children, as the land will someday pass on to them."
father grew up on a farm near Genoa, Nebraska, and farmed there until the early
1930s. He later settled in Omaha where he married my mother and began investing
in farmland in Nance and Platte Counties after the end of World War II. He
initially managed the farms himself, but later turned them over to Farmers
National and was very pleased with your service. When I inherited the farms, I
continued our family's reliance on Farmers National to manage the farms.
has become far more involved since my dad's days of farming with horses.
Today's crop yields couldn't be imagined then and required careful attention to
seed, fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide application rates by the farm
manager to maintain optimum production. In addition, he must also work with the
local FSA offices to keep abreast of various government programs. We also
depend on the Omaha office for finding the best rates for crop, irrigation
equipment, and general liability insurance. Another Omaha office necessity for
us is all the accounting of receipts and expenses for operating the farms.
was my parent's hope that we would continue operating the farms; and because we
live in Massachusetts, we have come to depend on Farmers National and are
confident that our family's investment in farming is in good care."
Margaret Donnelly McLeod
Los Angeles, California
comprehensive reports that you send regularly are very helpful and informative,
but meeting with you personally affords us the added opportunity to ask
questions and clarify concerns.
my Great Aunt and Uncle, Elisabeth and George Bishop, were the first of our
family to own the farms. The farms eventually came to me via the Donnelly
Trust. My four adult children, now the trustees, are the fourth generation of
National Company has been managing the farms and advising us ever since I can
remember. We have had a long and successful relationship. We have enjoyed
visits to the farms. I find it interesting to note that as we are generational
owners, the farmers seem to be generational tenants as well.
do not live in Nebraska, it is imperative that we have knowledgeable managers
and advisors on whom we can rely. Our long relationship with Farmers National
Company has more than met those criteria."
Las Vegas, Nevada
farm has been in my family for 117 years and can be traced back to the original
purchase in 1852. In 1948, my grandmother Gaughenbaugh deeded the farm to my
mother. At that time, my parents lived 500 miles away from the farm and found
it difficult to properly manage it. In July, 1952, my parents signed their
first contract with Farmers National Company.
54 years we have trusted the Farmers National Company to manage the property
and they have been superb in their efforts and diligence. Whether it be finding
a tenant when needed, applying for government subsidies, getting the best price
for the crops, or handling/fixing an open well; Farmers National has always
gone the extra mile to do a great job.
have recently sold the farm and once again, Farmers National Company was
indispensable in getting this accomplished. Not living in Iowa, when we made
the decision to sell we had no idea how to go about it. I called our farm
manager and he set the 'ball' in motion. From my perspective, from that point
on, the process was smooth and seamless with an outstanding result! Thank you
Farmers National for all that you've done for my family over the last 54
For more information on
Farmers National Company, or to visit with a client located close to your farm,
just give Randy Dickhut, Vice President - Client
Relations, a call at 1-800-346-2650, or complete the additional