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Sophisticated Financial Technology Belongs in Your Farm Toolbox

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Are you managing your farm with a high-tech financial system for a total profitability picture? Over the years, many of you have adopted technology that’s revolutionizing agriculture. Maybe you’ve added a GPS-guided tractor or a self-propelled sprayer to your operation. […]


How Behavioral Change Benefits the Bottom Line

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Changing Behavior Creates a More Sustainable Business As a business owner or high-level manager, you have the enormous power to effect change in behavior patterns – for both the individuals and groups within your company. How you’re doing that however, […]


FSA Farm Program Deadlines Quickly Approaching

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REMINDER: USDA’s Extended Deadlines and Due Dates Fall in February The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established the procedures required to provide direct payments to growers to help offset some damage imposed by retaliatory tariffs. As a result of the […]


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Tough Times for Ag Loan Renewals  

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Informed communication and negotiation with your lender is key “Prepare for the process – and bolster your loan chances — by developing a good understanding of key elements used by lenders to assess your borrowing position,” recommend K·Coe Isom advisors. […]


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Making Ag Board Meetings More Effective

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Employ these simple practices to optimize engagement and decision-making Most agribusinesses participate in board meetings during the year to assess operations and make decisions about their business. Board meetings are an essential part of any agribusiness as their very purpose […]


How the Final 199A Regulations Impact Ag

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Resolution for Some, and Continued Doubt for Others Following the long-awaited “final” regulations released by the IRS late on Friday, January 18, some in the Ag industry appreciated the additional clarity, while others remained underwhelmed.  The guidelines contained, as is […]


New Opportunity Zone Tax Benefits Make an Attractive Investment

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Overview of the Enticing New Opportunity Zone Program Established within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the new Opportunity Zone legislation was created to develop economically-distressed communities across the United States by incentivizing long-term investments in these communities […]


Don’t Forget: 2019 Standard Mileage Rates Have Changed

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The IRS issued an increase in the standard mileage rates for business travel, effective January 1, 2019, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (tax reform). While the IRS states that standard mileage rates can be applied to […]


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Tax Reform Prompts Businesses to Rethink Employee Leave Policies

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New Tax Liability Credit is Changing How Business Owners Compensate Employees During Leave While there tends to be focus on the larger line items resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, there are some lesser-known tax breaks […]


Noteworthy Changes within the New Farm Bill

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A Deep Dive into the Farm Bill Reveals Top Modifications for Farmers and Ranchers, Conservation and Dairy in Particular Following the long-awaited passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill), the $867 billion-dollar […]