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A Trip to the Zoo

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July 31st, 2014

I posted yesterday on one of the sessions from the Farm Financial Standards Council annual meeting.  Last night, we traveled to the Zoo Montana for dinner.  This zoo was in financial difficulty about two years ago and almost closed down.  The zoo has about 70 acres of ground, however, only 25 acres is being currently […]

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The Bakken From an Economist’s Perspective

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July 30th, 2014

The first item on the Farm Financial Standards Council annual meeting agenda was a discussion on the Bakken Oil Field by Scott Rickard, an economist with Montana State University – Billings.  Here are some of the key points from the presentation: Geography – The Bakken oil field essentially covers the Western Half of North Dakota […]

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The 12 Day Business Trip

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July 9th, 2014

Today starts my (its seems annual) 12 day business trip to the Midwest.  I start in the Minneapolis office for a couple of days of meetings with CLA staff and then head over to the Sioux Falls area for meetings with clients and prospects. I then head down to Omaha for a Monday seminar I […]

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The US has Some Awesome Scenery

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June 25th, 2014

Today’s post will not deal with any tax issues and other farming related items, but rather, will share a few photos I took today on our drive from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to West Yellowstone, Montana.  We traveled through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks and some of the best scenery in the US is […]

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Corn Acres Trends

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June 11th, 2014

In reviewing the 2012 AG census data for corn acres, it is very interesting some of the trends that jump out at us.  In 1997, the US grew corn on about 71 million acres.  By 2002 the acres had dropped to 68 million acres, but beginning thereafter with ethanol, acres jumped to 86 million in […]

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Walla Walla Spring Time

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June 11th, 2014

My mother was born in Hay, Washington in the early 1920s.  She was the only girl in her senior class and the two other boys were related to her.  During college, her family moved to Walla Walla, Washington to farm which is where I grew up (actually Dixie which is about 10 miles away).  Walla Walla is […]

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Day One of the Indiana Tax Class

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June 5th, 2014

We have started day one of the two day tax class at West Baden Springs in French Lick, Indiana.  I am just posting a photo of the participants eagerly awaiting all of the valuable insight that Roger McEowen is presenting right now. When I present, Roger will probably take a photo of the participants sound asleep. […]

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The Joys of Winter Travel (NOT)!

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February 18th, 2014

I was supposed to end up in Minneapolis today.  As you can probably tell from my heading, I am not there yet.  As usual, I was up at about 3:30 this morning, ate breakfast and then packed my bags for a three-day trip to Minneapolis, then St. Louis and finally Kansas City on Friday and home […]

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The Joys of Winter Travel

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January 5th, 2014

Welllllll. The plan was to catch the 7 am flight today from Pasco arriving in St. Louis at 2:30 pm central time. As you expect with the big snow storms hitting the Midwest and East that did not happen. I actually made it to Minneapolis on time and walked over to my gate for my […]

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Ames Tax School

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December 17th, 2013

Today, David Repp and I presented our last session of the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation Farm and Urban Tax School.  I am looking forward to teaching the class today since this appears to be the largest attendance at over 300 attendees. Yesterday, I did some taping of tax tidbits for the American Angus […]

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