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Feb 21, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Discover which economic and crop insurance changes need to be factored into 2024 risk management plans ahead of March 15.

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Nov 9, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Poultry Processing Opens Opportunities

“Benefits of contract production can include a guaranteed market, steady cash flow throughout the year and, in some cases, company-supplied expertise.” Bob Campbell, FCSAmerica.

Nov 7, 2016 | Crop Insurance

As Harvest Winds Down, Most are Thankful for Good Yields

Widespread crop insurance indemnities are unlikely.

Oct 27, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Pork Packing Renaissance?

“I can envision this creating opportunities for beginning farmers to build contract barns, as well as creating a new market for independents, like myself.” Kevin Rasmussen, Iowa pork producer

Oct 13, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Preparing Your Game Plan for Cash Rent Negotiations

Dr. David Kohl also advises not losing sight of something more enduring than the current down cycle – successful working relationships between landlord and tenant.

Oct 4, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Little Changed; Some Quality Issues Possible

USDA’s weekly crop progress report for October 2 held no surprises for the market. Once again, the 18-state ratings moved little.

Sep 29, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmers’ Market: A Season Worth of Lessons

The successful operators learn how to best market and sell their products. Fallbrook Market Manager Megan Jackson.

Sep 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

How to Better Market What You Produce

With so much volatility in commodity prices, there is no better time than now to use proven marketing strategies.

Sep 12, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Pencil out Equipment Costs

Before making an equipment decision, ask if it will improve your productivity and/or profitability.

Sep 6, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Stand on Strong Financials

Farm operations are becoming more business-oriented. Today’s successful farmers are as good at financial management as they are at farming or ranching.

Sep 1, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Forward Thinking, ‘No Surprises’ Are Keys to Lender Relationships

Maintaining good communication with lenders has become increasingly important as operating margins have tightened.

Aug 29, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Adding Value to Your Operation and Your Skills

Many young farmers and ranchers have more time and energy than money when starting their operations.

Aug 26, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Create a Network of Key Advisors and Partners

Experienced farmers know the value of good advisors and partners can be measured in a producer’s bottom line.

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