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Dec 23, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar talked with Chad Gent, our senior vice president of credit, about lessons learned from the past year.

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Jan 8, 2020 | The Business of Agriculture

Ag Tech Innovation Competition Returns to Iowa Power Farming Show

One start-up swept our Ag Tech Innovation Competition last month at the Nebraska Power Farming Show. We’ve got all new competitors at the Iowa Power Farming Show.

Dec 23, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Lessons Learned in 2019 You Can Apply to 2020

Economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar talked with Chad Gent, our senior vice president of credit, about lessons learned from the past year.

Nov 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Planning for 2020: Small Changes in Costs Expected

Producers who update and refer to their budget throughout the year are among the most confident decision makers.

Nov 15, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Start-Ups Vie for $20,000 at Ag Tech Innovation Competition in Nebraska

This year’s competing start-ups offer solutions in the areas of labor, traceability, irrigation management and more.

Oct 28, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Get a Handle on Farm Machinery Investments

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

Oct 9, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Working Capital: The Original Risk Management Tool

Working capital is one of the most talked-about indicators of financial well-being in today’s agricultural industry.

Aug 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Decision Time: ARC vs PLC

“Given tight margins, it’s critical we all make good decisions and not leave dollars on the table.” Economist Brent Gloy.

Jul 29, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Remain Stable, Despite Downward Pressure

Our latest benchmark farmland study on values in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Jul 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

MFP Payments Will Bolster Income in a Challenging Year

“It is risky to make any plans based on government programs.” – Brent Gloy, aei economist.

Jul 25, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

MFP Payments Will Help This Year

MFP payments will range from $15/ to $150/acre, with the highest payments expected in the Delta and cotton areas of other states.

Jun 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Make Adjustments Now to Optimize Profitability

Economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar outline the steps producers should take to identify the right adjustments for 2019.

May 30, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Understanding Luck vs. Good-Decision Making to Become a Better Farm Manager

“Good decisions can have bad outcomes,” says ag economist David Widmar, “and bad decisions can have good outcomes.”

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