Kent Thiesse spent 27 years in Extension and another 20 years as an ag lender in southern Minnesota. At the end of the year, Thiesse will retire from the day-to-day work at the bank. During his career, Thiesse has seen everything from the farm crisis of the 1980s to the boom days from 2009-to-2013. “I think farmers today pay a lot more attention to cash flow to be able to service debt and keeping their working capital strong. As a whole, Thiesse said farm businesses are in a stronger position today than they were going into the 1980s.” Thiesse will remain involved in agriculture, including the writing of his Focus on Ag column. Thiesse also plans to coordinate the Farmfest forums and continue his involvement with the State Fair 4-H Beef Show.
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