Jan 11, 2011
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USDA Seen Cutting Corn, Soybean Carryouts

  USDA is expected to report tighter stocks of both corn and soybeans on Wednesday when it releases its latest quarterly Grain Stocks Report and its monthly supply/demand update, however, the corn trade is leery of the grain stocks data following major surprises in the last two quarterly surveys....More
Jan 11, 2011
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Does it Feel Like the 1970s?

  During the past few years, many have been drawn many to make comparisons with the agricultural economy that existed in the late 1970s, with record grain prices, high farm profits and rapid increases in land values. Here are some things to consider:...More
Jan 11, 2011
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The Power of Planning

  Many of you who follow this column and my speaking series’ around the continent know of my ownership interests in a dairy farm and dairy creamery. Both businesses struggled initially as my partners launched their entrepreneurial concepts to enhance profits and lifestyle on their family farms. My entrance into these business models came with my academic educator-focus on the importance of planning. With some initial reluctance from our partners, this concept has grown into an annual event, followed by formal business planning development....More
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