About: Paul Neiffer
Paul Neiffer was raised on a dry land wheat and pea farm near Walla Walla, Washington. He was actively involved in the farming operation during his teen and early college years.
Paul believes the first vehicle he learned to drive was a Caterpillar D-4 tractor, then an International 151 combine, then a GMC 2 ½ ton truck, then a pickup, and finally, an automobile with an automatic clutch.
Paul’s favorite part of farming was driving the combine in summer harvest. He still goes back to Walla Walla almost every summer to drive his cousin’s newer combine (the air conditioning, radio and wide seats is much better than what he grew up with).
Paul went to the University of Washington and obtained a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. He started work with Moss Adams (currently one of the largest 12 CPA firms in the US) in Yakima, Washington in the early 1980’s. While at Moss Adams, he was exposed to the complicated accounting and tax issues involving large orchards and warehouse operations.
Paul then started a CPA firm in Bend, Oregon with two other partners and was an owner for about nine years. Most of the farming operations in this area were either row crop or cattle farms. Paul provided services to many farmers during his time there.
Since 1998, Paul has been located in the Central Washington area and provides tax and accounting services to many types of farmers, including those involved in the following operations:
- Apple orchards
- Wheat, dry and green peas, lentils, and barley operations
- Cherry orchards
- Grape vineyards
- Alfalfa hay
- Nursery operations
- Sugar beets
Paul was also actively involved in running a plastic packaging and printing business for about five years before it was sold in 2004. Although it was a farming operation, many of the management lessons learned there apply to farming.
Paul currently owns farm land that is being rented for corn and soybeans and enjoys driving the combine during fall for harvest (as long as the whether coorperates).
Paul is now part of the fourth generation in America that is involved in farming and hopes the next generation will be involved also.
Posts by Paul Neiffer:
- Beginning Farmers Are Not Necessarily Young Farmers, 23 May 2013
- Will This Time Be Different?, 22 May 2013
- Will Excess Farm Loss Rules Apply With New Farm Bill?, 21 May 2013
- A Farmland REIT is Now Publicly Traded, 20 May 2013
- Senate and House Appear Closer on Farm Bill, 16 May 2013
- What is “Draconian”, 15 May 2013
- Debt to Asset Ratio Looks Great – But!, 14 May 2013
- When Does A Large Price Increase Spell Trouble?, 13 May 2013
- Mainstreet Index Still Remains Robust, 09 May 2013
- Make Sure to Coordinate Estate Documents with Ag Laws, 08 May 2013