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    July 18th, 2016


    Why Farming Is Great

    Last week, my wife and I attended the annual Farm Financial Standards Council meeting in beautiful Ranchester, Wyoming (just north of Sheridan).  The meeting was hosted by the Padlock Ranch and they did a great job of providing a meeting site and dinner and lunch.  I even got to rope a calf (it was a […]

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    November 24th, 2015


    FAFSA Reporting Changes

    I get many phone calls during the year regarding the reporting of income tax data for FAFSA purposes in order for a child to get financial aid.  Many times these phones calls lead to heartburn for both the client and myself.  The parent wants to get the data into the college as soon as possible to pin […]

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    September 21st, 2015


    A Survey on FarmCPAToday

    We have been doing this blog for over 6 years now and we have never asked for any formal feedback regarding the blog.  We continue to get many emails regarding various posts, but we are now asking for your input on how we can improve the blog, etc. We have created a very short survey […]

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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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