Jun 14, 2011
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USDA Sends Mixed Signals to Soy Market

The soybean market got distinctively mixed signals from last Wednesday’s monthly USDA supply/demand as USDA raised its estimates of U.S. soybeans stocks due to slowing export demand, but also raised its forecast for 2011-2012 soybean prices sharply....More
Jun 14, 2011
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Area Farm Businesses Financially Strong

“How profitable was farming in 2010?” The answer to that question probably depends on who you ask, where they live, whether they raise primarily crops or livestock and on-farm management decisions. The South-Central, Southwest, Southeast Minnesota Farm Business Management (FBM) Summary was recently released by the Farm Business Management Instructors....More
Jun 14, 2011
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Rules of the Road

The other day I received an e-mail from Dan, one of my long-time Illinois banker friends. At this stage of my life, it is nice to find people who attended my banking schools decades ago who are doing well in their careers and lives. Some are now close to retirement, so it puts life into perspective....More
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