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  • Sep 23, 2016
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    Farm Safety For Just Kids disbands after 3 decades

      Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use....More
  • Jul 25, 2016
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    The achilles heel of larger operations

    Large operations are being targeted by lenders because they are the most vulnerable because they can quickly lose six figures of net worth and profits....More
  • Jul 25, 2016
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    Two congressional candidate forums at IDEAg Farmfest

    IDEAg Farmfest to host ag water quality and farm financial strategies forums as well as two congressional forums....More
  • Jul 5, 2016
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    Brexit impacts on the ag economy

    Welcome to the wild world of global economics and politics complete with advanced technologies and constant information! This environment will create havoc and mayhem; but more importantly, opportunities for those who plan, execute and monitor....More
  • Jun 28, 2016
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    Mid-year ag review: Profits, millennials, land values and ag lending

    As we look back over the year thus far, agriculture continues to face various challenges in many different areas. From regulations to input costs, and generational transition to strategic business plans, producers must continue to address the important issues, not just the urgent. What will happen in the remaining months of the 2016? Well, only time will tell but as the old adage says, “Hope for the best and plan for the worst.”...More
  • Jun 28, 2016
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    2015 ARC-CO payment estimates decline

    Farmers who had 2015 corn and soybean yields higher than benchmark, but were still scheduled to receive an ARC-CO payment, will likely see reduced amounts, compared to earlier estimates....More
  • Jun 21, 2016
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    Do NOT cash in your retirement account

    At a recent women’s conference on agriculture, I received several questions about cashing out retirement accounts. One woman's husband suggested cashing it in in order to purchase additional land that would generate higher returns than an investment account. In short, my answer was, “No! No! No!”...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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