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  • Jan 5, 2016
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    Kickoff for 2016: China's economy, farming costs, tighter credit

    2016 certainly will not be a boring year. While agriculture has experienced various economic resets before, circumstances today are different. As an interconnected industry, global as well as domestic factors such as, China or the U.S. election will bear direct impact on agriculture and future profits....More
  • Jan 5, 2016
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    2015 ARC-CO payments will vary

    A very high percentage of crop producers in the U.S. are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn and soybean base acres for 2014-2018 crop years. Most producers in the Upper Midwest earned a significant corn ARC-CO payment for the 2014 crop year, while farm operators in some counties also earned a substantial 2014 ARC-CO payment on their soybean base acres....More
  • Dec 28, 2015
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    Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management strategies

    As we end 2015, many farmers are focusing on cash flow strategies for 2016, wondering what the future holds for land values, cash rental rates, and 2015 ARC-CO payment prospects, as well as being concerned how various ag policy issues may play out in a Presidential election year....More
  • Dec 22, 2015
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    21st Century agriculture: What's next?

    Undoubtedly, the 21st century’s first 15 years were laden with change, challenges, and opportunities. Sound management and financial practices offer a large piece of the profits to those that embrace and execute their strategies....More
  • Dec 15, 2015
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    How do I cut per-acre costs?

    Regardless of the target number for cuts or income, innovation and creativity will be required to maintain success. Luckily, those are well-established attributes of any good farmer....More
  • Dec 8, 2015
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    Is it good to be a farmer?

    Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is integral to global economics, continuing innovation, and generations of sustainability....More
  • Dec 8, 2015
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    Fine-tune profit margins for 2016

    Looking for ways to reduce or control direct and overhead expenses, including land rental costs, is also a key to improving profit potential for crop producers....More
  • Dec 1, 2015
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    Understanding the TPP trade agreement

    The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would reduce more than 18,000 current tariffs that inhibit American products from being exported to the other TPP countries. The agreement would also open up U.S. trading possibilities with a wider range of Asian countries on more goods and services....More
  • Dec 1, 2015
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    New farmer blues: How to position your farm business for tough times

    In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use the resources around you. Attend meetings and engage with your lender, supplier, and peers. Networking can be extremely useful in developing strategies and actions to navigate tough economic times....More
  • Nov 30, 2015
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    Embrace change

    Leaders say change happens through growth over time. I hope we can all try to get outside our comfort zone. Taking that first step can lead to less fear and put us on the road to greater success....More
  • Nov. 30, 2015
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    Which inputs will you cut back in 2016? 14

    Prices are still low, and inputs still haven't met the drop. This may lead farmers to cut inputs in 2016. We'd like to know, compared to your 2015 input expenses, where do you plan to cut the most for 2016? Will you cut back most on fertilizer? Seed? Herbicide? Will you cut across the board? Or, will you stick with 2015 cost levels? Feel free to leave a comment about your choices below!  ...More
  • Nov 24, 2015
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    Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

    Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016, to request FSA to re-calculate their 2014 FSA payments on the basis of the physical location of each FSA farm unit....More
  • Nov 24, 2015
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    Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

    The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others in the industry, regulators are readying for headlines and stories of economic stress within various commodity groups. Their reaction to these headlines, however, will largely determine the ability of an individual producer or agribusiness to successfully obtain credit....More
  • Nov 17, 2015
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    Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

    As the agriculture industry continues to reset, these stories should command particular attention. Changing trends and lack of accurate financials have the ability to shut down your profits. Business planning, monitoring and execution hold great power in your business success....More
  • Nov 11, 2015
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    We’re 75, but not your grandfather’s magazine 1

    It’s time to party. The best reason for this -- harvest is over (or almost in some cases). Second best reason, at least in our case, is that our brand, Corn+Soybean Digest, is 75 years young this month....More
  • Nov 10, 2015
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    How is the financial status of your farm business? 1

    In agriculture, negative margins and declining asset values place many producers in this same financial mindset. What are some of the key items you need to review in your historical financial information? Approaching your examination from your lender’s perspective will help you be prepared....More
  • Nov 10, 2015
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    Caution advised on high land rental rates

    Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords being unwilling to reduce high cash rental rates for the 2016 crop year....More

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