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Oct 28, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

When you are planning to buy equipment, consider the economics and be sure you are making the purchase for the right reasons.

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Apr 25, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Creating and Understanding Your Balance Sheet

The balance sheet can help you understand the strength of your operation or your reserve risk-bearing capacity.

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.

Apr 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cash-flow Budgeting: About Amount and Timing

Is your cash-flow budget missing some often overlooked line items?

Mar 8, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Stress Test to Manage Margin Risk in Your Dairy

Do you know at what point your dairy operation would run out of its capacity to borrow? Here’s a how-to on stress testing your operation.

Mar 3, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Annie’s Project: Empowering Women in Ag

Annie’s Project is a six-week, 18-hour educational program aimed at strengthening women’s roles in modern farm enterprise. Look for classes near you.

Feb 11, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Riding Out the Hog Cycle

“You can’t go broke making a profit,” says producer Bruce Livingston. “If the profit is there, options strategies are available to protect the downside but allow upside potential.”

Jan 26, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cattle Market Emerging from Uncharted Territory?

Despite recent volatility, seasoned cattle operator Case Gabel is optimistic about marketing prospects for those who keep a level head: “Opportunities for forward hedging are as good today as we’ve seen in several years.”

Jan 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Changes in Cropland Values -- Mixed

The significant decline in farmland prices anticipated by some forecasters since the peak in commodity prices in 2013 has not fully developed, though the impact of lower profit margins is reflected in adjustments to the market for both cropland values and cash rental rates.

Jan 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Round Two of Avian Influenza?

Producers still in recovery mode have beefed up biosecurity post-H5N1. It’s one more cost that has added to the economic impact of avian influenza.

Jan 6, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

The Perfect Storm

Our market recap sets the stage for a deeper look at the poultry, beef and pork industries over the next several weeks.

Dec 30, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Balance Sheet Changes May Bail Out Cash Flow

The case study involving Larry Landholder examines how restructuring debt can improve working capital.

Nov 23, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

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