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


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.

6 Leadership Tactics to Employ

Oct 23, 2017 by Sara Schafer
“Your goal as a leader is to make sure your team has high levels of self-efficacy,” says Dave Mitchell, founder of consulting firm the Leadership Difference.

Family Meeting Fundamentals

May 22, 2017 by Sara Schafer
Involve all stakeholders and pick a neutral location
The succession-planning process is complex and lengthy. To keep your eye on the ball and meet your goals, your family must meet regularly to foster good communicatio