Feb 7, 2012
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The New Motto: Asset Rich and Cash Flow Rich Agriculture

Historically, there has been an old saying that farmers and ranchers are asset rich and cash flow poor. In other words, they work their whole lives just above or below cash flow breakeven, scraping by, only to see assets – particularly land – appreciate in value which causes them to frequently die as millionaires. Often the key to success was utilizing non-farm income to supplement cash flow while withdrawing a modest family living allocation from the farm....More
Feb 7, 2012
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2012 Crop Insurance Decisions 1

During the next few weeks, many farm operators will be finalizing their crop insurance decisions for the 2012 crop year. March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2012 crop year. The Common Crop Insurance Policy (COMBO) was introduced in the 2011 crop year, and will continue for the 2012 crop year. The COMBO insurance policy options are actually a simplification of the many and varied crop insurance choices that existed previously for individual policies....More
Feb 7, 2012
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USDA Seen Cutting Corn, Soybean Ending Stocks

The consensus in the grain trade is that USDA should cut its estimate of the 2011-2012 U.S. corn carryout by nearly 6% in Thursday’s monthly supply/demand update. The trade is also anticipating a small cut in the U.S. soybean carryout amid prospects for better U.S. soybean exports due to South American crop reductions and a recent pick-up in U.S. wheat export sales....More

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