Ag General

  • End of Year Reflections

     The idea for this blog was a glimmer in my mind at the end of 2008.  While surfing on the web, I found the Golden Practices web-site that listed different industry specific blogs.  This spurred me to action and with their help, we had a fully up and running blog site in the first quarter […]

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  • Merry Christmas

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can not believe that Christmas will be here tomorrow.  Between having two boys in high school, one in college and one that just graduated, it seems like I can still remember being bigger than they were.  That is no longer true.  We started this blog less than […]

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  • Monsanto = Monopoly?????

     I have read several articles about the Department of Justice possibly looking into anti-trust concerns regarding the concentration of seed genetic traits by Monsanto.  Many experts believe that Monsanto uses their supplier contracts with other seed companies to unlawfully constrain competition in the seed industry. Over the last 12 years, Monsanto has gone from having almost […]

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  • How Many Tons of Stuff do we Produce

    The USDA just recently produced their Crop Production report for 2009.  Being a stats nut, I always like to look through the report.  This time, I thought I would share with you the total amount of food that the US produces in metric tons.  Lots of food items are counted in bushels, bales, tons, etc. […]

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  • Comments, Comments, Comments

    Important Message to Readers In the last few days, it has become apparent that I was not setting up the comments section for my postings.  In most cases, this probably means that you were either unable to make a comment or could not find where to comment or it was just too confusing to post […]

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  • How’s the Local Economy

    I was at a local two hour seminar this morning on how the banking and real estate economies are doing.  Our area here is very much like most of my readers I am presuming.  It is very much agriculturally based and when the boom times in the housing market in 2002-2006 were going on, we […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Say “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry”

    I was reading  a good book by Mark Reiter called “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” .  Mark is a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies on how to get their key employees to overcome thier worst personailty traits. In the book, Mark pinpoints 20 traits that almost all people in business and in life […]

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  • Ask Paul

    I would like to get some interaction going with my audience.  I would appreciate any questions that you might have about farm taxation, operations or any other questions that you might have. Please feel free to send me a quick or detailed e-mail to paul@hansenneiffer.com.  I will promise to try to get an answer to […]

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  • Go Tom Watson

    This is another one of my posts that is not directly related to farming. When I was growing up on the farm, I was a great fan of Arnold Palmer in my very early days, however, when Tom Watson came on the scene I became a great fan of his.  He is from the Kansas […]

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