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Jun 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

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

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Jun 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Make Adjustments Now to Optimize 2019 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.”

May 21, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Business-First Operations Honor Families, Build Legacies

Jolene Brown, an Iowa farmer and professional speaker, takes families through the steps to building a legacy and a stronger family with a business-first operation.

May 10, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Better Safety Net

Sarina’s dairy outlook for 2019, sponsored by Farm Credit at the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Apr 22, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Shrinking Herd

Part 2 of Sarina’s dairy outlook for 2019, sponsored by Farm Credit at the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Apr 17, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

A Better Year for Dairy Producers

Sarina’s dairy outlook for 2019, sponsored by Farm Credit at the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Mar 14, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Finances: How Do You Compare?

Check out our interactive recording of the presentation to prepare your operation for the coming year.

Mar 14, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Agriculture is Like No Other Business, Which is Why FCSAmerica is Like No Other Lender

A message from Mark Jensen, our president and CEO, on our 2018 financial results and our mission to serve agriculture through every cycle.

Mar 12, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Using the Power of Cash Flow Projections to Manage Your Business

That kind of knowledge is power, yet less than a quarter of producers prepare a cash flow statement.

Mar 6, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Seasonal Price Strength: Are you Ready?

Check out our interactive recording of his presentation to improve your crop marketing.

Jan 16, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

AgTech Start-Ups to Compete at the 2019 Iowa Power Farming Show

Five startups will compete at 2:30 p.m. January 30 for a $20,000 grand prize and a $5,000 people’s choice award.

Jan 9, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Soften

“The softening of the market in the latter half of 2018 wasn’t unexpected and, in fact, it better aligns farmland values to profitability in the grain sector.” -- Tim Koch, chief credit officer

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