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  • Apr 22, 2014
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    Thoughts on farm transition management 1

    At a recent seminar, panelists concluded that there is no cookie-cutter template for farm transition, and that each plan must be customized to meet the needs of the generations, partners and stakeholders involved. Family business meetings need to be held off-site with agendas and minutes, creating a paper trail as a means of communication for all parties....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

    As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    Ag lender perspectives: transition, interest rates, land values 1

    Interest rates, land values and cash flow are top of mind topics in the agricultural world. Expect ag lenders to financially shock test your cash flow statement for a 1%, 2% and 3% rise in variable interest rates. Lenders will be much more conservative now when lending against land values particularly in the red-hot land markets of the Midwest and the upper Midwest. Expect to invest more equity and cash in your growth and expansion projects....More
  • Apr 8, 2014
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    Is weather affecting economic indicators? 1

    One major questions people have asked David Kohl this winter is whether the “blah” economic indicators, domestically and globally, are the result of bad weather. Here he examine some of the lead and lag economic indicators to ascertain any apparent trends....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
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    Dos and Don’ts for Younger Agricultural Producers 1

    To the younger generation desiring to farm or be involved in agribusiness, a business plan is critical. Also, have your risk management plan, i.e. marketing options, hedging, contracts and/or crop insurance, linked to basic assumptions and scenario testing of cash flow outcomes. Do not assume the operation will be yours at the passing of the senior generation....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Agriculture facts for National Ag Week 2014 21

    National Ag Week is being celebrated March 23-30 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 25, being designated National Ag Day. As we celebrate National Ag Week, it is a good time to reflect on all the traditions and advancements that help make the U.S. agriculture industry second to none! Following are some interesting statistics about today’s agriculture industry....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Dos and Don’ts for Older Agricultural Producers

    A challenging question David Kohl received at a recent conference was: “What is one do and one don’t you would recommend to younger and older producers?” His answer to the older generation revolved around farm transition....More
  • Mar 18, 2014
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    PEDV impact on the swine industry 2

    Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a newer swine disease that first entered the United States in May 2013, and is now causing major economic loss to some hog producers, as well as impacting several other aspects of the swine industry....More
  • Mar 18, 2014
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    Farm management, finances make difference in profit

    After analyzing a data summary of farmers in low, middle and high income brackets, David Kohl shares some core perspectives on asset turnover, coverage ratio and debt servicing ability and profit margins in agriculture....More
  • Mar 11, 2014
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    3 Benchmarks farmers and lenders need to know 1

    There are three benchmarks every producer and lender needs to know when handling the moderating grain industry and the positive economics of the livestock sector: the current ratio, net working capital and working capital to gross revenue ratio....More
  • Mar 11, 2014
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    New farm bill offers new farm program choices 1

    Crop producers will be offered several one-time choices for their farm program participation, which will be in place through the 2018 crop year. Following are some of the choices that producers will need to consider at farm program sign-up time later this year when deciding on the Agricultural Risk Coverage program or the Price Loss Coverage program....More
  • Mar 4, 2014
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    Crop insurance decision time 2

    March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2014 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest states. As of March 1, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has finalized the 2014 crop prices in the Upper Midwest for Yield Protection (YP) policies, as well as the base prices for Revenue Protection (RP and RPE) policies....More
  • Feb 25, 2014
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    Ag trends: Debt concentration, cycles and new farmers, bankers 2

    David Kohl's Road Warrior travels took him to the National Agricultural Bankers Conference, where he moderated sessions, and also took some in. He noted some themes at the conference, including debt concentration among farmers, new bankers and farmers as well as cycles in agriculture....More
  • Feb 25, 2014
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    Commodity Classic app available for 2014 show 1

    Are you attending Commodity Classic in San Antonio this week? If so, be sure to download the new mobile app to help keep track of your schedule, booths you want to visit, tours you're going to take and more. There are maps and shuttle schedules, as well as links to Commodity Classic social media....More
  • Feb 18, 2014
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    2014 crop insurance decisions 2

    Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE) policies, as well as several other group insurance policy options. There are also decisions with using enterprise units versus optional units, and whether or not to take advantage of the trend adjusted APH yields for 2014....More
  • Feb 18, 2014
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    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

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