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  • Sep 16, 2014
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    Biggest threats to young, beginning farmers

    The saga of the young farmer and rancher continues as transition in the agriculture industry is in full bloom. While there is no surefire way to get started, there are some common threats, whether starting from scratch or entering a family business. Let’s examine some of the threats and pitfalls that frequently arise....More
  • Sep 9, 2014
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    Pay attention to FSA farm program information 1

    There have been several reports of the data on some FSA units not being accurate, due to changes in FSA farm units that occurred in the past five years. It is very important for farm operators and land owners to review this data, and to report any data that is not accurate the local FSA offices by September 26. This data will be used in the coming weeks for decisions on base acre reallocation and updating FSA payment yields on each FSA farm unit....More
  • Sep 8, 2014
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    Profit margin compression, part 3 – Price reality 1

    Inflation, while benign in the general economy, has been running full steam ahead in input and operating costs in the agriculture industry ranging anywhere from 5% to 10% annually. Combine this with increases in real estate taxes and the fixed cost component of equipment and machinery, and one can quickly observe how profit margins have quickly disappeared with lower commodity prices....More
  • Aug 26, 2014
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    Land owners will help make farm bill choices

    Land owners who do not farm their land are not typically involved in farm program decisions at FSA offices, as those decisions are usually made by farm operators. However, in the coming months, farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make regarding their farm program participation for the 2014-2018 crop years, as part of the commodity title of the new farm bill....More
  • Aug 19, 2014
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    Global and domestic economic risk

    Currently, as of mid-August, geopolitical risk is the largest risk with a “code red.” The unrest in Ukraine and tension in the Middle East move markets daily. Unfortunately, agriculture is often the industry first affected by political and military unrest....More
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