Sara Schafer

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Sara Schafer, editor of Top Producer magazine, grew up on a family farm where they raised hogs and cattle, along with soybeans, corn, wheat, milo and hay. Since joining Farm Journal Media in 2008, she has covered a broad range of topics pivotal to the success of U.S. farmers. In addition to being an award-winning content producer, she has played several key roles with the transformative relaunch of, spearheaded the Farm Journal Legacy Project expansion in 2014 and greatly increased the flow of succession planning information to farmers. In 2017, she became the editor of LandOwner newsletter, a must-read for individuals who own farmland or plan to buy it. Sara graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in agricultural journalism and a minor in agricultural economics. Sara and her husband reside in Columbia, Mo.
Sara Schafer

Recent Stories by Sara Schafer


6 Tactics for Effective Leadership

Feb 25, 2019 by Sara Schafer
Whether you manage one employee or a team or serve in your community or a commodity group, leadership is about investing in those around you. Little actions, such as the ones listed below, can equal big results.

“Dud” USDA Reports Leaves Markets Flat

Feb 08, 2019 by Sara Schafer
After weeks of silence, USDA is catching up on their crop report releases. On Feb. 8, USDA released several reports: World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), Grain Stocks and Crop Production.

5 Reasons To Attend Top Producer Seminar

Oct 19, 2018 by Sara Schafer
Join more than 800 farm executives from the U.S. and Canada while discovering business opportunities, gaining invaluable insights and increasing your competitive advantage. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Attend.

Advice for Turning Over the Reins

Sep 05, 2018 by Sara Schafer
To envision your ideal retirement, write down three or four paths, opportunities, roles or personal interests. This could include spending time with family, a side business, travel or mission work.

Is Today’s Farmland Market Rational?

Jun 25, 2018 by Sara Schafer
For the past 12 months, the word most commonly used to describe farmland values is: stable. Prices vary by region. But overall prices have leveled off in most areas, after rising steadily for several years.