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  • Farm Profit Trends 1998 to 2008

    The Iowa Farm Business Association, comprised of various farm management companies, recently issued a nice 4 page newsletter that had a lot of good information on farm profit trends.  All of this information relates to farms in Iowa but the trends show hold true for most states that grow corn and s0ybeans. The newsletter recapped […]

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  • The Road From Good To Great

        As a CPA, I review a lot of financial statements.  As part of this review, I try to determine the ratios that separate the business from other businesses in the same industry.  Sometimes these ratios are positive and sometimes they are negative.  For comparing ratios for farmers, a great site is the Farm […]

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  • The Evolution of the U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry

    In a recent article in the Regional Economic Development publication of the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, the three primary phases of the U. S. Corn Ethanol industry were documented. These primary phases are: Birth – the events surrounding the oil shocks of the 1970’s from the OPEC price increases Development – The decline in […]

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  • Farmland Values Drop for the Quarter

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported that for their district (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin) farm land values dropped 6% from the previous quarter (the largest drop for a quarter since 1985).  Also, the year-over-year increase in farmland values was up only 2% for the first quarter of 2009.  The drop ranged from […]

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  • World SuperBike Races

    (Warning – this post does not have anything on farming) My wife and I attended the World SuperBike races in Tooele, Utah this weekend.  I currently ride a BMW K 1200 S similar to the photo posted here.  I grew up riding small dirt bikes and had not been on a sports bike for about […]

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  • Uncle Sam Helps with Home Purchase

    For those who have not owned a personal residence in the last three years, Uncle Sam is wanting to help you buy a new home.  If you purchase a home this year and your income is below certain levels, then Uncle Sam will refund you $8,000 when you file your income tax return. You can […]

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