Mar 31, 2015
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Family dynamics in business: Handling employee issues

Handling employee issues in a farm business, particularly a family-run farm business, is tricky. Sometimes, a meeting is a better choice than an email. But treating all employees like employees, and not family, is a must....More
Mar 31, 2015
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Custom farming rates increase for 2015

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates. Most custom rates for tillage, planting, and harvest operations in 2015 are listed at 2-5% above the rates for similar operations in 2014, with an average increase of about 3.5%....More
Mar 27, 2015
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Time to minimize risk and leave hedges in place

Corn traders seem to be squaring up positions as we are now only a couple of days from the highly anticipated Prospective Planting Report and USDA Quarterly Stocks data....More
Mar 24, 2015
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Impact of family dynamic on business dynamics

How often do we find a major change in operations or expansion makes perfect economic sense; however, the important human elements trump economics....More
Mar 24, 2015
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Future challenges for crop insurance

The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same time, other members of Congress and agricultural leaders are stressing the need to maintain a strong crop insurance program as the centerpiece of a risk protection program for U.S. crop producers....More

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