Grains of Knowledge

Driving Growth with Technology: Artificial Intelligence on the Farm

The following is the second post in a three-part series on farming and agribusiness technology. The series offers an overview on how farming tech advancements, such as artificial intelligence and satellite imagery, can improve agribusiness operations.  Artificial Intelligence or maybe you call them robots have arrived in almost every walk of life. What they mean for you, the farmer and in turn everyone’s grocery bill is quite remarkable. Rise of the Robots? Not really. Artificial Intelligence focuses on creating smart machines to learn, analyze and maximize tasks normally requiring human intelligence. So no, robots are not going to take over […]

Driving Growth with Technology: Satellite Imagery on the Farm

The following is the first post in a three-part series on farming and agribusiness technology. The series offers an overview on how farming tech advancements, such as artificial intelligence and satellite imagery, can improve agribusiness operations. Would you have guessed that agriculture is one of the fastest changing industries due to technology? One of these technologies is satellite imagery. Are you curious to see how the two go hand in hand?   Satellite Imagery Technology: What Is It? Think Google or Apple Maps but far more in depth. Farms use the angles and insights provided by images to make informed […]

Cultivating Growth: Our Farm & Agribusiness Pillars of Strength

Cultivating Growth: Our Farm and Agribusiness Pillars of Strength The following is the first post in a two-part series on our Agribusiness brand. This series will offer an overview of our brand and its history, and how it impacts our customers moving forward. Our Agribusiness Department (ABD) has been a cultivator of growth and success for the farm and agriculture industries for nearly 170 years. Even after so many years, the core of our business has always come down to the people—our team, agents, staff and support, and most importantly our customers. But, what truly separates Westfield from other providers? […]

WesCom Farm – expanding our family

Westfield Insurance is pleased to introduce three new states joining our WesCom Farm family — Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin. As of May 2, agents in those states are able to enter, quote and submit farm policies directly from our system.

Four Tips to Stay Safe at Harvest Time

It’s harvest time and all of your hard work has finally come to fruition. But as the days get shorter and you rush to get crops in during the harvest window, it can be tempting for you and your employees to cut corners.

Adding extra revenue streams to your farm

Running a farm comes with more than its fair share of challenges — weather, energy costs and price volatility all contribute to uncertainty when it comes to revenue. One thing that farmers can do to help offset some of this risk is to add other revenue streams, such as “agritainment” — turning your farm into an entertaining venue for nonfarmers to visit with their families.

Farm Succession Planning

Earlier this year, I attended a Farm Succession Planning seminar offered by Braintree Business Development Center and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center where I learned some of the foundations regarding estate planning.