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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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  • My Last ACRE Post for the Year (I Promise!)

    With less than two weeks to sign up for the ACRE program (the date is August 14, which is a Friday) and with most ag offices being understaffed, if you need to sign up for ACRE, I would suggest doing it now. I have read about several meetings where there might be a crowd of […]

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  • A Farm Couple Scores a Victory Over the IRS

    In the US Tax Court decision – Paul D. Garnett and Alicia Garnett v. Commissioner – rendered in June of this year, the court ruled that farmers who hold business interests in limited liability companies (LLC) and limited liability partnerships (LLP) are not passive investors.  This is a great victory for many farmers and entrepreneurs that own […]

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  • One More ACRE Posting

    I know my readers are probably getting tired of me writing about the ACRE program, however, I think it is very important for you to review how it affects your farm operation and your landlords.  Marcia Zarley Taylor at DTN has several good postings on how the ACRE program works and how to communicate it to […]

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  • Three Weeks to ACRE Sign-up

    There is now less than 3 weeks to make your final decision on signing up for the ACRE program.  You have until August 14, 2009 to sign up for the 2009 season which will lock you into the program through 2012. There are many sites out there that have a review on how the program […]

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  • Wind Energy Report Card

    We have several farm clients in Washington and Oregon that either are getting royalty checks from wind turbines or will be getting these checks in the near future.  In many cases, the income from wind turbines is substantially higher than the income from traditional farming. In many cases, one turbine can generate in excess of […]

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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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  • Global Warming – Its the Sun

    At the Leading Edge Farm Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa this week, Drew Lerner of World Weather, Inc. gave a very informative talk on the current and future weather trends. Some of the discussion focused on the Sun Spot activity over the last several hundred years.  In periods of lots of Sun Spot activity, […]

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  • Lock in Low Rates with LIBOR futures

    Most farmers know that they can hedge their corn, wheat or beans (or about any other agricultural commodity) using various types of futures contracts.  You can use the regular contract, options – both calls and puts, spreads, etc. However, many farmers do not know that they can hedge their operating loans interest rates using LIBOR […]

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  • ACRE To Be or Not to Be

    For many farmers, the new Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program is about as easy to understand as learning a new language for the first time.  I have read several articles and listened to a couple of slide shows on the program. You have until mid-August to make up you mind regarding the election for […]

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