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Mar 27, 2020 | The Business of Agriculture

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Jun 25, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Steps for Minimizing Operational Risks of Rising Interest Rates

Even though nobody can predict when interest rates will rise, a hike is inevitable. Producers can take steps now to better manage the risks that come with rising interest rates.

Jun 12, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

USDA’s June Forecast for 2014/15 Production and Season-Average Farm Prices

The USDA says crop conditions in the Corn Belt are the better than any time since 2007. Check out what, if any, impact this is having on projected yields – along with a lot of other good information on 2014/15 production and price forecasts.

Jun 2, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Rising Cattle Values Boost Need for Owner Equity, Lender Capacity

Ranchers, feeders and feedyard operators often ask why lenders require cattlemen to invest greater levels of equity to maintain the lending relationship. We offer the answers.

May 27, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Latest Facts and Figures on Farming

The U.S. Census on Agriculture is chock full of interesting facts and figures about the state of farming and ranching. Among them: A comparison of ag sales and expenses for our four-state area.

May 22, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

High Degree of Variability in Farmland Market

Farmland prices across our four states are in various stages of flux. Learn what the numbers revealed in the first four months of 2014.

Apr 22, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Credit institutions and USDA Announce New Tool to Help Rural Businesses Grow

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the fund “a powerful new tool” that will help rural businesses access private equity.

Mar 26, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Learning to Manage the Risk of PED

Most of the pork producers we work with anticipate good profits in 2014. But the PED virus weighs heavily on the industry. It’s a risk that producers will have to learn to manage.

Mar 11, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

The Way of the Future: Fossil-fuel Free Farms

The Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, South Dakota, has cuts its use of fossil fuel by half. Now it has its sights on a fossil-fuel free operation by 2026.

Mar 3, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Tax Exemption a Win for Nebraska’s Economy and Ag Producers

Nebraska is one of eight states still charging sales tax on repairs and parts for ag equipment, but that could change during the 2014 legislative session. We look at what that could mean to Nebraska and its ag producers.

Feb 18, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Educational Tool Teaches FFA Students Smart Risk Management

Wise farmers like to pose a question that goes to the importance of risk management: Would you rather be lucky or smart? For national FFA week, we look at how agriculture educators and FFA chapters give aspiring producers the right answer.

Dec 30, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Risky Environment Calls for Close Eye on Breakeven, Insurance and Marketing Plans

Heading into 2014, corn and soybean prices have declined while input prices are flat, so margins will be tighter. This intensifies the need for smart planning and marketing.

Dec 13, 2013 | The Business of Agriculture

Ag Women Connect at National Event

The annual Executive Women in Agriculture conference is a great place to learn and share with other women producers.

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