Farm Leadership

  • What’s Your Farm Ratios

      As advisors, we see many business and farm financial statements through out the year.  Most of the successful farm businesses have several key financial ratios in common.  Even though each farm business is different, it is surprising how these ratios tend to be in the same range for each business. These key ratios that […]

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  • The 3 P’s of Succession Planning

    As advisors, we are actively involved in succession planning for farmers and other businesses.  This is usually a long process and will change over time and as the generations involved grow and mature, their goals will usually change. There are three main goals related to this planning: Protect – The primary goal of any succession […]

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  • Farmers are Blogging

    I have enjoyed doing my blog for about a year now and have now started to see some farmers using a blog to communicate with their landlords, neighbors, bankers and others that might be interested. Reading the latest issue of Successful Farming, I noted an article on the Martin Family Farms in Logan County, Illinois.   The title […]

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  • Some Steps to a Farm Transition

    Having just recently returned from my taping for the Legacy Project on farm succession planning, I will be trying to do several posts over the next few weeks on this very important subject. Elizabeth Williams from the DTN/Progressive Farmer had a very good post on the five steps needed for the farm transition.  The article […]

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  • Minimize Your Fixed Cost Amortization to Maximize Your Profits

    To maximize your profit for your farm, it is very important to determine what your annual fixed costs are and determine if you are maximizing your amortization of these costs on your farm.  Fixed costs are those costs that do not materially change with production increases and decreases.    Some examples of fixed costs are: […]

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  • Make Family Meetings Civil Not a War

    As a CPA, I have been involved in many family meetings.  Sometimes, I act as an advisor to the participants.  At other times, I may actually be part of the family that is having the meeting. I remember having a client several years ago that had several children that were actively involved in the business […]

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  • Gen X – Gen Y – How Are You Dealing With Them

    In a recent issue of Top Producer magazine, an article was written by Linda Smith about how agricultural managers are dealing with the Gen X and Gen Y generation. I know that being a parent of 4 Gen Y boys that you need to deal with them differently from people from my generation (the baby […]

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  • Do You Have Your Rip Cord

     Our CPA firm deals with many newly formed businesses each year.  When two or more people get together to form a business, it is almost like a boyfriend and girlfriend getting together for the first time.  They are usually fairly giddy with excitement over the new venture and look forward to the business being there […]

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  • Legacy by Design

    One of the shows that I have taped on my DVR each day is AgDay.  It comes on in the morning at 6 am and when I get home from work, that is usually the first thing that I watch on TV.  The parent of AgDay, Farm Journal Media has launched a new monthly TV […]

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  • Net Operating Loss – Do You Go Back or Go Forward

    Many dairy and other farmers will need to make a decision this year that they may not have had to make for several years.  I would say almost all dairy farmers for 2009 will have a tax operating loss and it may be substantial.  With a net operating loss, the tax laws allow you in […]

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