FBN: Farmer2Farmer 2016

December 13, 2016

Farm­ers Busi­ness Net­work (FBNSM), the ground­break­ing inde­pen­dent farmer-​​to-​​farmer net­work, today announced the launch of major new tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices that expand the network’s agro­nomic intel­li­gence. FBN also launched its FBN Direct plat­form and intro­duced its first prod­ucts for grain marketing.

Com­mer­cially launched less than two years ago, FBN made these announce­ment amongst more than 1,000 guests at its sec­ond annual Farmer2Farmer Con­fer­ence in Omaha, Nebraska.

Launch­ing FBN Direct:  FBN Direct com­bines manufacturer-​​direct pric­ing, direct-​​to-​​farm deliv­ery, and an inde­pen­dent farmer ser­vice net­work to drive major sav­ings on farm prod­ucts. What started in ag chem­i­cals in 2015, has now been expanded to pro­vide farm­ers access to seed treat­ments, seed, starter fer­til­izer, farm equip­ment, and farm ser­vices.  After suc­cess­fully mak­ing over 1,000 deliv­er­ies in 2015, FBN Direct (formerly FBN Pro­cure­ment) now offers the industry’s best prices and credit terms, and has saved farm­ers as much as 50% on their input costs.

Launch­ing FBN Crop Mar­ket­ing: FBN Crop Mar­ket­ing empow­ers farm­ers with data to help them under­stand real-​​time prof­itabil­ity and con­nect them with oppor­tu­ni­ties for their crop.

New Agro­nomic Intel­li­gence Prod­ucts: With major updates to the FBN Seed Finder and Yield Poten­tial seed selec­tion sys­tems, FBN enables mem­bers to find the best seeds for every field and com­pare actual seed costs, pow­ered by mil­lions of acres of real yields and real invoices.  FBN also released a new field-​​level weather sys­tem allow­ing farm­ers to under­stand his­tor­i­cal weather pat­terns on their farm, as well as new pre­ci­sion map­ping capa­bil­i­ties for appli­ca­tion data and multi-​​year yield trends.

Launch­ing new FBN Prices App for Chem­i­cal Price Trans­parency:  FBN Prices is a new app for iOS and Android that allows any farmer to access actual mar­ket prices on over 750 chem­i­cal prod­ucts through anonymized chem­i­cal price data.

Amer­i­can farm­ers are fac­ing count­less chal­lenges in the future with low crop prices, high input costs, and the unprece­dented con­sol­i­da­tion of Big Ag. Now span­ning more than 10 mil­lion acres of elite pro­duc­ers, the FBN net­work is able to help farm­ers find new oppor­tu­ni­ties for profit.

Farm­ers are being squeezed on both sides by low crop prices and high input costs,” said Co-​​Founder & VP of Prod­ucts, Charles Baron. “Through our agro­nomic, pur­chas­ing, and grain mar­ket­ing tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices, FBN is bring­ing trans­parency and prof­its to level the play­ing field for inde­pen­dent farmers.”

The FBN net­work cre­ates a future for farm­ers that is inde­pen­dent, data dri­ven, trans­par­ent, and fair with real com­pe­ti­tion for their busi­ness. It all boils down to more prof­its for inde­pen­dent fam­ily farms and bet­ter out­comes for con­sumers,” said Baron.

The sec­ond annual Farmer2Farmer con­fer­ence brings together lead­ers from tech­nol­ogy and agri­cul­ture for dis­cus­sions on how entre­pre­neur­ial think­ing can trans­form America’s farms. The three-​​day event fea­tures pan­els on inno­v­a­tive farm busi­ness strate­gies, data sci­ence on the farm, 2017 mar­ket­ing strate­gies, trends hap­pen­ing in the FBN net­work, train­ing on the lat­est prod­ucts from FBN, as well as keynote addresses for­mer AOL CEO Steve Case, Nebraska Corn­husker leg­end Tom Osborne, and Willie Robert­son, Star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and CEO of Duck Commander.

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