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  • Apr 26, 2016
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    Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

    Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue daily operations and management....More
  • Apr 19, 2016
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    Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

    Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this advice: Even with suppressed prices and volatile markets, experience mixed with a good manager can help an agricultural business successfully compete in today’s economic environment....More
  • Apr 12, 2016
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    What I learned from 4-H and FFA

    Participation in groups like 4-H, FFA or similar programs gives young people a sense of belonging, confidence and teamwork that prepare them for a successful future....More
  • Apr 5, 2016
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    Who benefits from cheap commodities?

    Low commodity prices can help some while hurting others. However, remember that commodity markets are extremely volatile and no economic cycle, up or down, lasts forever....More
  • Mar. 31, 2016
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    Should GMOs be labeled? 31

    Recently, some major food companies have decided to label GMOs in their food products (but not because they believe GMO products are unsafe). The state of Vermont has chosen to label GMO foods, too. In light of these decisions, we'd like to know: Do you think GMO labeling is necessary? Should this be a federal issue? State issue? Or is GMO labeling just not necessary? Feel free to leave your comments below!  ...More
  • Mar 29, 2016
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    3 concerns about American agriculture

    David Kohl recently participated in town hall meetings with farmers, lenders, agribusiness people and students. The majority have 3 major concerns about American agriculture, including: health care, regulations and crop insurance....More
  • Mar 29, 2016
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    Understanding the difference in 2015 ARC-CO payments

    Many producers are having difficulty understanding why there is such a wide variation in the estimated 2015 ARC-CO payments from county to county, even though the counties may have had similar corn yields in 2015, based on yield estimates from the USDA....More
  • Mar 22, 2016
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    It's time to stress-test your farm business financials

    With commodity prices falling and more negative margins, lenders are now asked to “stress test” your financial conditions as well as their agricultural portfolio. Let’s examine what is involved in “stress testing” and what may be yet to come....More

Will you back out of land rent contracts this year?

Rencently, Reuters published a story about farmers backing out of land rent contracts. Corn and soybean prices are below break-even levels, inputs haven’t come down much, and penciling a profit may be tough for some farmers in 2015. We’d like to know: Will you cancel some land rent contracts due to costs this year? Are you considering it? Or is losing land not an option for your farm? Take our latest poll and let us know. And leave a comment with your thoughts on land rents and prices and how that will impact your operation. Also, read more about this issue in a recent story we published.

 


Which inputs will you cut back in 2016?

Prices are still low, and inputs still haven't met the drop. This may lead farmers to cut inputs in 2016. We'd like to know, compared to your 2015 input expenses, where do you plan to cut the most for 2016? Will you cut back most on fertilizer? Seed? Herbicide? Will you cut across the board? Or, will you stick with 2015 cost levels? Feel free to leave a comment about your choices below!

 


How would $700 million dollars impact your farm?

The Powerball jackpot is going to be around $1.4 billion for the Jan. 13 drawing. ONE-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. That's seriously life-changing. Even if you took the lump sum option, which will probably be around $900 million. Not a bad paycheck. How would winning something like that impact your farm? Would you buy more land? Hire people to run your farm? Or just pack up and leave it all behind? Have a little fun and take our latest poll! Feel free to comment with more options of spending your millions.


Will you cut crop insurance to save costs?

Low corn prices. Low soybean prices. Cut costs. Save money. We've been reading these headlines a lot over the past months. And they don't seem to be going away. But what's coming up is the deadline for choosing crop insurance. Given low prices and cost cutting, will you cut crop insurance in order to save some money this year? Take our latest poll and let us know. Feel free to comment your thoughts below!


Should GMOs be labeled?

Recently, some major food companies have decided to label GMOs in their food products (but not because they believe GMO products are unsafe). The state of Vermont has chosen to label GMO foods, too. In light of these decisions, we'd like to know: Do you think GMO labeling is necessary? Should this be a federal issue? State issue? Or is GMO labeling just not necessary? Feel free to leave your comments below!

 


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