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Aug 21, 2012

Farm Family Living-Cost Trends

In the last article I indicated that farm family living cost increases were hotter than this summer’s sun-baked fields. With average farm family....More
Aug 14, 2012

Farm Family Living Costs Spiral Upward

Farm family living costs appear to be hotter than the searing sun scorching the landscape across a good share of North America. The annual family....More
Aug 07, 2012

The Job Shadowing Experience

In some of my recent columns I have been a bit critical of the educational system and today’s young people. I guess it must be that I am getting old....More
Jul 30, 2012

Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

The summer season is in full swing and my Road Warrior travels are taking me to various venues to address youth and their educators, including the....More
Jul 24, 2012

Perspectives on Working Capital

I just finished teaching at the 14th annual National School for Experienced Ag Lenders in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year's group of 70 ag lenders....More
Jul 17, 2012

Land Purchase Question

The following is a question on land purchases that I received earlier this spring, while I was out doing my Road Warrior talks around the country. I....More
Jul 10, 2012

Views of Risk From Your Lender’s Perspective

Let’s go to the other side of the desk, or in today's world, the iPhone or the iPad, and view risk from the perspective of the institutions that lend....More
Jul 03, 2012

Liquidity and Leverage: The Next Farm Financial Crisis

In the last article, a series of questions and answers concerning liquidity of farm businesses was discussed. For the most part, producers are....More
Jun 26, 2012

What is Happening with Working Capital?

At a recent Farm Credit University face-to-face meeting, Ronnie Hucks of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank asked me, “What is happening with working capital....More
Jun 18, 2012

Bankers’ Views on the Elections and Economy

I just finished my 23rd year teaching at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. My responsibilities include....More
Jun 12, 2012

Economic Storm Clouds on the Horizon

Like a major storm brewing on the horizon, the convergence of events in the U.S. and globally bear watching like a summertime cold front. Economic....More
Jun 05, 2012

Euro Sector’s Impact on Agriculture

The economic soap opera seems to be never ending for the European region's economies. Ag lenders and producers want to know how the condition of....More
May 29, 2012

Is This Your Kid? The Top Half of the Bell Curve

My last article focused on those students who fall in the lower half of the bell curve based upon my experiences as a guest lecturer this winter and....More
May 22, 2012

Is This Your Kid? The Bottom Half of the Bell Curve

Over the past few months I have guest lectured in agriculture and business classes at various universities and colleges. Of course, times are....More
May 15, 2012

The Rule of Ten

The lead-in to this topic came from a farmer who had heard me speak about the Rule of 10 a number of years ago, and had experienced it in his own....More
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