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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.

Aug 25, 2017 |

Know Where You Are To Get Where You Want To Be

Dr. David Kohl draws on his own financial practice in the dairy and creamery business to help our young and beginning producers succeed.

Jan 17, 2017 |

Put Your Operation Under the Microscope in 2017

Five steps to better understanding your operation and its financial position for the 2017 season.

Oct 13, 2016 |

Preparing Your Game Plan For Cash Rent Negotiations

Dr. David Kohl also advises not losing sight of something more enduring than the current down cycle – successful working relationships between landlord and tenant.

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.

Jun 25, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Dairy Q-and-A: Putting Profits to Work

Dairy producers remain mindful of the past as they make financial decisions for the future.

Jun 11, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Driving Down Costs to Remain Competitive: Part 1

In this two-part series, we look at topics such as efficiency gains, debt structure, living costs and more.

Apr 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

How to Decide Right Time for Farmland Purchase

Interest rates still are attractive and land in many areas across the corn belt is generally cheaper than a year ago. Some who are bullish on agriculture long-term consider this a good time to buy farmland and expand their operations.

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