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Preseason and Planting Soybean Tips

🕔10:03, 11.Apr 2019

Weather issues have hampered efforts to begin this year’s planting season, but there are some things you can do prior to getting started that will help ensure you have the best soybean crop possible.  One should first note that the

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Dementia in Rural America

🕔13:25, 14.Mar 2019

Today nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, and by 2050 this number is estimated to reach nearly 14 million.  Dementia diseases will cost $290 billion in 2019, and by 2050 they may reach just

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Where Do You Start?

🕔11:52, 26.Feb 2019

    It’s no secret that starting a farm without connections (usually a family member) is extremely difficult.  In a 2017 National Young Farmer Survey, the four biggest challenges for young U.S. farmers and ranchers were: Access to land  (This

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Tax Tidbits

🕔12:09, 23.Jan 2019

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act or TCJA (signed late in December 2017) will bring about some changes in 2018, and it should be noted that some of this act’s tax provisions are retroactive while others take effect in 2019. 

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Time Marches On…

🕔09:41, 14.Jan 2019

…And so do the trials and tribulations that plagued farmers in 2018, compounded by eroding financial conditions, a government shut down and falling commodity prices.  Brent Gloy and David Widmar, writing for  Successful Farming, offer 7 tips for 2019 farm management. 

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Could This Be Your Calling? Updated

🕔14:39, 7.Dec 2018

  U.S. agriculture is among the most productive and economically valuable sectors in the world thanks in part to the advancement of machines and equipment that do the tending, planting, and harvesting of our crops.  Today, diesel engines power more than

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Marketing Your Product

🕔10:55, 26.Nov 2018

  Recently, members of the American Bankers Association’s ABA Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee provided a seven point tip sheet to help farmers and ranchers manage their risk.  Here’s a quick recap: Know your break-even costs.  This should include input, debt

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Fall Maintenance for Irrigation

🕔10:29, 15.Nov 2018

Now that fields are bare after your harvest, it’s a good time to do a little maintenance on your irrigation equipment.  Steve Melvin (University of Nebraska) says a key performance check that is often missed  is sizing up a pivot’s

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🕔10:22, 15.Nov 2018

If you haven’t already finished your harvest, I’m hoping you’re getting very close.  This is the time of year when activities on the farm take a slower pace, giving folks time to review and reflect on the season past.  In just

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