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  • Jan 21, 2014
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    State of the General Economy, Part 2

    When analyzing the state of the general and agricultural economy, it's important to review housing starts and treasury rates, a well as manufacturing growth, unemployment rates and the price of copper, says David Kohl....More
  • Jan 21, 2014
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    Dairy policy holding up farm bill, not nutrition program 1

    A struggle over finalizing future dairy policy, rather than provisions for the Nutrition or Commodity Title, has stalled the farm bill process in recent weeks, as the U.S. Senate and House Conference Committee attempted to reach a final farm bill agreement for consideration by both houses of Congress....More
  • Jan 14, 2014
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    State of the General Economy: Part 1

    More producers, lenders and agribusiness people are using key economic indicators in their strategic planning processes. Some of the metrics to determine where the economy has been and predict what is on the horizon, including the leading economic index, purchasing manager index and gross domestic product growth....More
  • Jan 7, 2014
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    What to watch in 2014

    As 2014 starts, farmers should pay attention to your balance sheets, working capital, the federal reserve, interest rates and your business identity....More
  • Jan 7, 2014
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    2014 Management strategies: Available cash, machinery investment, high-priced farmland 1

    As we look ahead to 2014, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to 2013 revenue levels. This means business and farm management will be crucial in the coming year, including finances, machinery purchase, land purchase and more....More
  • Dec 30, 2013
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    Looking ahead to 2014

    2014 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2013 for many crop producers in the Upper Midwest....More
  • Dec 30, 2013
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    Reflections on 2013

    It is amazing that 2013 had all the hype of strong corn and soybean prices early on, but recently we have seen the air come out of the economic balloon with $4.00 per bushel corn and some suggesting $2.70 per bushel corn....More
  • Dec 23, 2013
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    Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 2 1

    Will the hard-charging producers renting high-priced farm ground on multiple year contracts be the canary in the farm downturn coal mine? Only time will tell!...More
  • Dec 17, 2013
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    2013 Ag review: Part 1 1

    2013 will be remembered as a crop year with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota and Iowa....More
  • Dec 17, 2013
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    Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 1 1

    The great commodity super cycle has kicked in with high prices. However, the top 20% of producers have developed a total system of management which includes operations, risk management, finance and marketing....More
  • Dec 10, 2013
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    The Stages of Farm Investment

    Early in the boom cycle when prosperity was running high with record profits, farmers were making land investments. Later in the cycle, we are observing more equity being used as a down payment for farmland and in some cases lines of credit are being diverted from operating expenses to fund long-term investments....More
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