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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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Aug 24, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Classroom Successes from Urban Ag Academy

Omaha Bryan High School is celebrating five years of achievements through its urban agriculture academy.

Aug 3, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Supporting Young and Beginning Producers with Education

We are proud to be part of a Farm Credit System that is committed to growing the next generation of producers.

Jul 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Hot Commodity: Career Opportunities in Agriculture

Despite the strong job opportunities in agriculture and food-related occupations, there's a consistent shortage of workers with the skills and education to meet market needs.

Jul 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Continue Steady but Gradual Decline

Unlike last year, when a strong livestock market led to increased demand for pastureland, values on both pasture and cropland are generally down in 2016.

Jul 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Wheat LDPs Kick In For Some

When Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) were authorized in the 1985 farm bill, the intent was to provide financing at harvest.

Jul 5, 2016 | Crop Insurance

La Niña: A threat to crops?

La Niña, the cool-water alter ego of El Niño, already is arising from the depths of the Pacific. Producers in the Corn Belt will be among those feeling the impact.

Jun 30, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Seasonal Downturn on Record Hog Inventory

Solid risk management strategies will be key to navigating volatility in the pork markets.

Jun 28, 2016 | Rural Communities

Celebrating America's Farmers

What began as an experiment in making traditional vinegars has grown into a family enterprise trusted by top food publications and chefs to deliver a gourmet taste.

May 31, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cattle Transition Part Two: Cow/Calf Caution

As the industry adjusts to lower cattle prices, it is more important than ever to know your cost of production and make decisions that boost efficiency.

May 24, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Transition Time for the Cattle Business: Part 1, Feedlots

Cattlemen are experiencing both long- and short-term effects of the transition to more beef production.

May 4, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Every Voice Matters: How to Advocate for Ag

Numbers matter -- and the more voices in agriculture that are heard by lawmakers, the more effective the industry will be in advocating for its future.

Apr 21, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Making Tough Choices for Chance to Farm

“I carry my binder of farm finances everywhere and can lose sleep thinking about all the what-if scenarios with my cash flow and balance sheet,” Maggie Holub says.

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