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The Face of a New Farm Bill Updated

🕔08:53, 27.Feb 2018

I recently received the NFU E-Newsletter and wanted to share what the National Farmers Union says about our nation’s Farm Bill: The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States.  It’s critical not just

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Fire-Fighting Farmers

🕔09:31, 21.Feb 2018

The first firefighters were privately owned slaves that were organized into a group that fought common fire problems in Rome (4 AD).  Their duties also included catching petty crime thieves, capturing runaway slaves and acting in supportive roles during riots and

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Use Your Head to Protect It

🕔17:27, 22.Jan 2018

It’s football season!  And basketball season!  And hockey season!  The list goes on and our society’s obsession with sports seems to grow each and every day.  But this interest has recently included an increased awareness of injuries associated with those activities. 

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Contending with a Cash Crunch

🕔08:43, 8.Jan 2018

It’s a reality that credit for farming is tightening up throughout the corn belt and great plains.  Some farmers have used up their working capital (a measure of cash or grain available for sale to meet a farm’s financial obligations),

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Department Stores and Ag Updated

🕔15:44, 11.Dec 2017

When department stores emerged in place of the typical dry goods stores back in the late 1800s, many of them targeted a specific audience – farmers.  I found a couple of powerhouses and would like to share some interesting historical information

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Financial Growth in Uncertain Times

🕔11:55, 31.Oct 2017

It’s no secret that these times are challenging.  The farm sector’s debt-to-income ratio is the highest it’s been in thirty years, and 2017 represents the 5th year in a row that farm solvency ratios have weakened, along with liquidity ratios and working

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Suicide Or Failure

🕔16:30, 22.Aug 2017

In March of 2015, I wrote about farmers and depression ( and noted a number of points that Michael Rosmann (researcher, University of Iowa adjunct professor and licensed psychologist) provided regarding contributing factors for this illness and actions that could be

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An Integral Part of Ag…

🕔16:20, 1.May 2017

Congress first authorized federal crop insurance in the 1930s along with other strategies to help agriculture recover from the combined effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.  It was in 1938 that the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) was

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