Although peak season is complete, winter is no vacation for farmers and ranchers. It’s dedicated to paperwork, tax preparation and equipment repairs. While many of your larger projects may take time, we’re offering five things you can do in 60 minutes or less to help organize and plan for spring.

  1. Use it or lose it –Take time each week to clear 15 items that clutter your work area, barn, home office or storage area and throw them away. No matter how small, it’s broken or you just don’t use it anymore, clearing your space allows for clearer thinking.
  2. Connect – Attend a local farm or ranch association meeting. This is a great place to catch up with friends and neighbors while also sharing new ideas and best practices.
  3. Pay it Forward – You have a lot to offer, share your knowledge and skills by visiting the local 4-H club or volunteering to plan next year’s community garden. Whatever your interests, there is an opportunity participate.
  4. Get inspired – Catch up on reading your trade magazines, association newsletters and visiting industry websites. These are great resources for new ideas and projects for your business.
  5. Review and revise – A lot can change from season to season. As your business and family change, so do your insurance needs. Review your insurance coverage to make sure your farm or ranch, machinery, livestock and even your home are protected to value.