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    October 13th, 2014


    Less Than Two Full Days to Get Your Return Filed

    I think I must have have gotten 10 or more tax returns wrapped up and out the door today but I know I still have at least 20 or more to get finished by Wednesday at 5 PM (actually earlier for me: I am headed to Southern California to play in my two oldest sons […]

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    September 17th, 2014


    68 Days and Counting

    I am a member of the Emerald Club through National Car Rental.   It appears that so far this year I have been in a rental car with that company for 68 days.  As a direct result of that (and other related days away from home) my wife has talked me into taking her on a […]

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    August 4th, 2014


    On a Personal Note

    As most know, I attended the Farm Financial Standards Council annual meeting in Billings last week.  This ended at about 11 am on Thursday and that afternoon, I got a tour of the Padlock Ranch which is about 400,000 acres of ranch land located in Northern Wyoming and Southern Montana.  A lot of the acres are […]

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    July 31st, 2014


    A Trip to the Zoo

    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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    July 30th, 2014


    The Bakken From an Economist’s Perspective

    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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    July 9th, 2014


    The 12 Day Business Trip

    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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    June 25th, 2014


    The US has Some Awesome Scenery

    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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    June 11th, 2014


    Corn Acres Trends

    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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    June 11th, 2014


    Walla Walla Spring Time

    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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    June 5th, 2014


    Day One of the Indiana Tax Class

    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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