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    August 31st, 2015


    The New American Farmer?

    A farmer friend of mine sent me the attached photo of him and his daughter riding the combine together. After seeing the photo, it brought back many fond memories of growing up on a farm that most non-farm children never get to enjoy such as: As a little boy, riding on the combine, Caterpillar D-4 […]

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    August 19th, 2015


    Wow!

    I have been doing the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for six years now.  The first two in the West, the next three in the East (including last years bumper crop) and this year in the West.  Until today, the most samples I ever saw on one route over 200 bushels was last year through […]

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    August 13th, 2015


    One Last Combine Ride

    Most of the wheat harvest is done for this year near Walla Walla, however; I was able to get one last ride in today on one of my client’s Case IH 8010’s (have to plug those red machines all I can).  They were finishing up a field just north and a little west of Dayton, […]

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    August 4th, 2015


    Day 1 of the NSAC Annual Meeting

    I am attending the annual National Society of Accountants (NSAC) annual meeting in Denver.  For those of you who work with cooperatives who are not members of the NSAC, I would strongly encourage you to become a member. There are numerous education opportunities, resources, and great networking opportunities available. Also, if anyone of you reading […]

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    July 27th, 2015


    Organic, Conventional or GMO

    The Federal Reserve of Kansas City just had their annual Ag Symposium about two weeks ago.  One of the presentations was by Jill McCluskey, a professor at Washington State University on the demographic trends and consumer preferences regarding food.  The highlights of her presentation were as follows: Processed and fast food is the old trend – Farmers’ […]

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    July 20th, 2015


    Me and the Case IH 9230

    My cousins farm in Walla Walla County and this year they had purchased a two year-old Case IH 9230.  This is a Class 9 combine and the only one bigger from Case IH is the new 9240.  Wheat harvest is about two weeks early this year and normally I would operate the combine for a couple days in early […]

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    June 11th, 2015


    Being a Tourist

    Today is the first day of the farm income and estate tax planning seminar in Findley Lake, New York.  I have posted on these set of seminars before, but today’s post will be on my wife, Patty and I being tourists yesterday at Niagara Falls. My wife and I had never been to this part […]

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    May 28th, 2015


    USDA Announces New “Conservation Client Gateway”

    One of the things most dreaded by almost everyone is the trip to the local DMV to get their driver’s license.  You walk in the door grab #72 and realize that the current number is #48 and you have a long wait ahead of you. For most farmers, the trip to their local FSA office […]

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    May 14th, 2015


    Where’s Waldo (Paul)?

    My children used to like to take a look at the books featuring “Where’s Waldo?”.  My four boys would race to see who could find him first (they usually beat mom and dad to it too).  Once I started doing more traveling, many of my staff will now ask “Where’s Waldo/Paul?”.  So this post will […]

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    May 6th, 2015


    2015 AICPA Ag Conference

    As chairman of the 2015 AICPA Ag Conference, I would like to personally invite all of our readers to this event.  It will be held on Monday July 13, 2015 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Monday, Chris Hesse and myself will do an all-day optional workshop on farm taxation .  This session will […]

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