More about Paul Neiffer

  • Paul Neiffer
  • Principal
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Yakima, Washington
  • 509-823-2920

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a principal with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives a combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation.

Articles by Paul Neiffer:

  • Farmer as CFO

    My friend Alex Tiller recently had a great post on how a farmer must be a good CFO in order to be a successful farmer in today’s complex financial world.  As I quote him “Most ag producers are their own chief financial officer”. Most farmers are doing this job right now, but many of them do […]


  • Warren Buys Burlington Northern

    Growing up on our wheat farm in Walla Walla County in Washington state, we had a small railroad trestle that went over Dry Creek behind our house.  The local train would come by in the morning headed to Dayton to pick up freight and then would head back to Walla Walla in the afternoon.  Most […]


  • Farm Credit Services of America Says 2009 Should be “Respectable Year”

    Farm Credit Services of America indicated that setbacks in the swine, dairy and ethanol industries will trim this year’s financial results below the record 2008 results, however, they indicate that 2009 will still be a ‘respectable year’. This means that patronage dividends will be less than the record $60 million in 2008, but possibly more […]


  • Machinery Companies Not Doing Good

    Several of the farm equipment manufacturers that are publicly traded have recently posted their third quarter earnings.  In most cases, these earnings were down from last year’s third quarter and in some cases, the amount was down substantially. Agco’s net income was down about 90 percent.  The company blamed their earnings short fall on two […]


  • Pay Down Your Debt

    Farmers are enjoying fairly low short-term and long-term rates right now (that is assuming you can borrow the money).  With the government continuing to pump large amounts of liquidity and stimulus into the economy, it is very difficult to predict that these lower rates will continue to last much longer. Much like, fertilizer, fuel and […]


  • Trip to Kansas City

    I just got back from spending about three days in Kansas City.  During my time there, I was able to get in about 6 hours of driving a John Deere 9660 combine.  It took until about noon for the soybeans to dry up enough to be able to harvest them. I know when I was […]


  • Solutions – Not Empathy is What Matters Most

    About two months ago, I messed up with paying a bill for another business that I am involved in.  I sent a check for $6,500 made payable to one vendor to a different vendor for a $45 bill.  Of course, they cashed the check and my other vendor wondered why they did not get paid. […]


  • Defer the Crop Insurance Payment – MAYBE!

    Several of my farm clients have called me and asked whether receiving a crop insurance payment this year is taxable in 2009 or 2010.  I commonly tell them the answer is yes.  It may be taxable in 2009 or 2010 depending on what type of crop insurance it is and other matters. In general, if […]


  • Take Advantage of a Weather Rally

    We had a good weather rally back in the spring when it was apparent that the come would be planted lack due to the rain in Illinois and other areas.  It appears that we might be having a weather rally due to the frost coming this weekend. I would highly suggest that you review your […]


  • Some Fun Facts About Farming

    The Agricultural Statistics Board of the United States Department of Agriculture publishes many reports during the year.  I find it interesting to review these on a periodic basis (my wife does not seem to think this is much fun).  Some of the fun facts that I recently spotted were: Texas is about four times larger […]


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