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  • Apr 29, 2015
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    Your 40 chances

    We will continue to strive, as an information provider, to present you with good examples that help you make the most of your 40 chances. As Howard wrote in his book, “You’ve learned from your mistakes, but I’d guess that none of you feel you can afford to take a single year left on your string for granted.” We wholeheartedly agree....More
  • Apr 28, 2015
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    Farm management best practices: Areas for concern 1

    In an environment of reduced prices and relatively high costs, the financials can quickly get out of hand if they are not analyzed and monitored. As producers look to diversify or shift enterprises, penciling out possible outcomes is critical upfront....More
  • Apr 28, 2015
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    Avian flu impact on farmers, ag economy

    The deadly H5N2 virus, or avian flu virus (bird flu), was first detected in Minnesota in early March, but is now having an ever-increasing negative economic impact on Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and other Midwestern states....More
  • Apr 27, 2015
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    Chipotle: A GMO fear-monger 4

    My newsfeed on Facebook has been cluttered with stories about Chipotle going non-GMO. The fact that they're doing that is their choice. Whatever. What upsets me is that they don't share with their consumers that the majority of their ingredients aren't GMO products to begin with!...More
  • Apr 21, 2015
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    Farm management best practices

    Best management practices are hot topics inside and outside of agriculture. Have you ever wondered how you stack up as an agriculture producer? This year’s group survey at TEPAP results exhibited three potential weaknesses given the current agricultural economy which is transition....More
  • Apr 17, 2015
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Trade opportunities with Southeast Asia

    This is becoming the trans-pacific year, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo Agrifinance. "It offers a lot of opportunity to sell into those markets. This area is very important for the future of exports."...More
  • Apr 14, 2015
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    Oil prices & other economic factors impacting farm revenue

    In my road warrior travels interacting with producers and agribusiness leaders, there is much discussion concerning oil prices and other economic variables that seem to provide a surprise around every corner. A question from one producer was, “How is oil connected to up to 80% of farm and ranch expenses and potential revenue?”...More
  • Apr 7, 2015
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    Family dynamics in business: The curse of wealth and compensation

    A “kiss of death” to businesses is bringing the younger generation into the business on a manager’s salary, but with hired employee work or skill sets. This principle is accentuated in a volatile economic climate....More
  • 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 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
  • Mar 17, 2015
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    Do you have the sixth C of credit?

    The five Cs are important criteria for credit, but a sixth C is very important in terms of management, which frequently makes a difference in the five Cs of credit. The sixth C is the cranium....More
  • Mar 12, 2015
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Considerations for crop insurance coverage

    The dealine for 2015 crop insurance elections is just days away. As you finalize your choices, consider the following: what coverage is best for your farm, and look at all available options, particularly new ones from the 2014 Farm Bill....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    Impact of education on income and unemployment

    Education does have an impact on employment, income, and who participates in the workforce. Moving forward, the agriculture industry will be starved for talented people who can manage increased sophistication of technology and innovation on complex businesses....More
  • Mar 10, 2015
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    Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

    Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now arrived. Producers have until March 31, 2015, to complete their farm program choice at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices....More
  • Mar. 6, 2015
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    Will you back out of land rent contracts this year? 20

    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....More
  • Mar 3, 2015
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    Should I buy the farm?

    The first question I ask is, “Will the farm purchase be consistent with your business, family, and personal goals?” Too often investment decisions are made without determining their alignment with goals of other family members and partners....More
  • Feb 24, 2015
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    Farm working capital 101

    By definition, working capital is current assets, which can be turned to cash in one year or less, minus current liabilities due within one year. Working capital measures financial liquidity, which is the ability to sell assets without disrupting normal business operations....More
  • Feb 24, 2015
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    Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions

    Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions extremely important. Many farm operators are looking for ways to reduce their crop operating expenses for 2015; however, cutting back on crop insurance coverage may not be a wise decision....More
  • Feb 20, 2015
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    Going to Commodity Classic? Download the mobile app!

    Are you going to Commodity Classic this year? Have you downloaded the mobile app to your phone yet? Make sure you do so you can use some of the great features, including maps, the whole schedule, a to-do list and tweeting....More

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