January, 2010

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    January 28th, 2010


    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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    January 27th, 2010


    Hog Plant Closing = Higher Hog Prices?

    Does the recent announced closing of the hog plant located in Sioux City, Iowa mean that hog prices will increase during 2010.  First, the closing will directly impact 1,500 workers and their families in the area.  Some of them may find work at other plants located in the area, but many will need to find […]

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    January 24th, 2010


    What’s Your Basis

    I am a firm proponent of using hedges to lock in your cost of production when you can.  However, you must not just look at what your commodity price is trading at on the relevant exchange.  You need to determine what your basis is and how it compares to the historical trends. Basis is the difference between […]

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    January 22nd, 2010


    Rural Broadband – Catching up to Urban Broadband?

    Sort of like the photo of my motorcycle at the left, broadband Internet services are much faster than dial up (or in my case a Harley).  Historically, the utilization of broadband Internet services in the rural sector has been much lower than urban areas. In an article in the September, 2009 Amber Waves , several […]

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    January 21st, 2010


    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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    January 20th, 2010


    Farm Debt Levels Are Increasing

    All in all, farm debt levels have increased, however, farmers have done a very good job of not letting these levels get out of control. The United States Department of Agriculture has a very good print and online magazine called Amber Waves.  Each issue generally has several good articles related to farming and I would […]

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    January 19th, 2010


    Will Farmers Reduce Production

    Agriculture Online has a good quick article on whether farmers will reduce their production levels in 2010 due to the large crop that was grown in 2009.  Corn has rallied about a $1 since early September and soybeans have gone up about $2.  However, the government report on Tuesday led to limit down price moves […]

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    January 16th, 2010


    Send in a Paper Tax Return to Get Homebuyer Credit

    As a tax preparer, I  normally file all of my client tax returns electronically.  However, for this tax season, for all of my clients that are claiming the homeowner credit, we will need to send in a paper return to the IRS.  Many farmers may qualify, either for the first time credit of $8,000 or […]

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    January 14th, 2010


    January 15 vs. March 1

    Most of the farmers that I deal with from an income tax filing standpoint try to file and pay their income taxes by March 1 of each year.  This is primarily due to no estimated taxes needing to be paid during the tax year if the farmer files and pays by March 1.  If they […]

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    January 11th, 2010


    Top-Third vs. Bottom-Third

    The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics periodically produces a recap of the high 1/3, mid 1/3 and low 1/3 of various farms in their state.  They just released the latest analysis for corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa for the three years 2006-2008.  The total number of crop farms reporting for all three […]

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