Farm Leadership

  • 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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  • Is Condo Storage for You

     Most farmers are of an independent nature, however, in one area they may want to consider partnering up on is grain storage.  The decision to build on-farm grain storage can be very complex.  Farms that are mid-size or smaller usually find it cheaper to continue to bring their grain to an elevator versus storing it on […]

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  • CRI Trumps APH

    Crop insurance has been available to farmers for many years.  Until recent years most of this insurance was based upon Actual Production History (APH).  Insurance products based upon Crop Revenue Insurance (CRI) have been introduced to enhance and/or replace APH. Marcia Taylor of DTN/Progressive farmer had a good blog on how one farmer in Ohio […]

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  • Corporate Farms in Africa

    In the latest issue of Business Week magazine is a very good article on the farm land rush that is occurring in Africa and other under-developed countries around the world. There are many issues surrounding these investments in third word farming enterprises.  Although it may provide jobs for these people, it also is disturbing the […]

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  • Happy Thanksgiving and Update on Kid’s Wages Post

    Some of my fondest memories as a child was going to my grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving.  My mother was the oldest of 12 kids and many times we would have 30 to 40 people at the house.  The best thing was my grandmother’s pumpkin and apple pie.  I know if she was still alive and […]

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  • 5 + 5 + 5 = Home Run

    Many farmers do a good job of benchmarking their operations to other operations in the same state of region.  By doing this benchmarking, they are able to see where they are either behind or ahead of other farmers.  Some get discouraged trying to get out of the middle range into the top 20%.  Most think […]

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  • What’s Your Working Capital to Revenue Ratio

    There is a saying in business that a company does not go out of business from a lack of net worth, but from a lack of cash.  An important measure of this “business cash” is to determine your working capital divided by your gross revenues.  The higher this number is, the more “business cash” you […]

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