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  • Feb 18, 2014

    Ag costs could exceed revenues 2

    The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota presented some compelling data compiled on farms over eight states that are considered above average operations. The first fast fact was that the cost of production for half of the corn producers was above $5.00 per bushel....More
  • Feb 12, 2014

    Agriculture pushing for GMO label? Really. 2

    I almost fell out of my chair in shock yesterday when I read an email proclaiming that all the big ag commodity groups and food groups had formed a new group (Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, in support of a federal solution to GMO labeling. Wow. That is cool. I think. If they can pull it off – and make the FDA the nation’s foremost authority on everything GMO....More
  • Feb 11, 2014

    Economic inflation and its effect on agriculture 2

    The rate of inflation in recent years has been estimated to be between 5% and 10% for agriculture. The increasing cost of inputs, equipment, and farmland has this sector in an inflationary mode. The inflation rate for producers is much higher than the reported rate, and could indicate negative margins in the making, particularly if commodity prices continue to decline....More
  • Feb 5, 2014

    Talk to kids about where food comes from

    It's not very often a person gets the chance to grab the attention of a couple dozen 5-year-olds and captivate them talking about where food comes from. Today, I got that chance....More
  • Feb 4, 2014

    House, Senate pass new farm bill 1

    The new farm bill will reduce overall federal spending, will reduce total CRP acreage and will make some significant changes to farm commodity programs. The new farm bill will govern federal farm programs for the next five years (2014-2018), and commodity programs will be implemented for the 2014 crop year....More
  • Feb 4, 2014

    Perspective on Canadian agriculture

    David Kohl recently attended a meeting in Canada, where he took in Canadian agriculture. He noticed that seed technologies have greatly impacted the area, producers forward-priced less than 25% of this years crop and Canadian farmers feel their ag economy lags the U.S. by a couple years....More
  • Jan 28, 2014

    Perspectives are changing 1

    The past decade has made many agricultural producers soft, depending on high prices and real estate appreciation to cover up the results of less intense management. Mental discipline focused on management measurements will not only be only an option, but it will be a requirement in the agricultural economic white waters ahead....More
  • Jan 27, 2014

    Does farm size matter in bottom line profits?

    According to recent studies by University of Illinois and University of Minnesota, There do not appear to be any advantages to larger farm sizes over small to medium sized farms, from a standpoint of lower cost of production and higher return per acre. The final analysis is that well-managed crop farms of all sizes that control production costs and machinery expenses can be profitable....More
  • Jan 21, 2014

    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

    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

    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
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