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A Case for Multi-Generational Farming: The Result of Planning for Change

By Kala Jenkins | April 20, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes A multi-generational (six-generation) agriculture business that had been passed down from parents to their three sons engaged a succession planning expert. The three sons were married and had adult, married children, and young grandchildren. The expert started the process by having individual conversations with each family member. Through the course …

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Data Technologies and Trends Farmers will Invest in Over the Next Five Years

By KCoe Editorial | April 18, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Technology has been empowering agriculture since machines replaced the ox and plow. Consider what GPS-guided tractors, moisture tracking sensors, plant genetics, and livestock breeding have done in just the last few decades to propel farmers and ranchers to higher production and profitability.   Now, financial technology has emerged as the …

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How Ag Operations Can Leverage Financial Technology

By KCoe Editorial | April 14, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Until now, farmers and ranchers faced a roadblock between the key metrics they could collect and how to truly use them. The good news is these high-tech financial technology platforms overcome the barrier between farm data and management decisions. The latest financial technology uses artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and cloud-based …

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How Collaboration Can Help Manage Water Issues for Ag Businesses

By KCoe Editorial | March 31, 2022
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Reading Time: 3 minutes Both ag producers and consumers are moving towards a shared goal of water, soil, and yield stewardship. To this end, ag businesses are trying to decide upon sustainable initiatives that will pay off for their business. With new sustainability strategies and technology to protect critical resources appearing daily in the …

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10 Tips for Negotiating a Solar Lease

By KCoe Editorial | March 28, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers and ranchers don’t have to look far to find income opportunities. Revenue opportunities are often literally on the ground beneath their feet. As landowners, many farmers and ranchers are approached regarding leasing land for generating renewable energy. Ag producers are diversifying their operations, and insulating themselves from volatile commodity …

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Agriculture Joins Food Companies in Global Climate Solutions

By Laura Sands | March 24, 2022
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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Rarely has U.S. agriculture been at such a pivotal, transformative era. Globally, and here in the U.S., the world’s major governments, food companies, and the agricultural industry are focused on climate change and its impact on the food supply. Farmers themselves are trying to also mitigate the risks that are …

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The Changing Dynamics of Land Ownership

By Jeanne Bernick | March 23, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Changes in land ownership and the farming workforce are unfolding across U.S. agriculture. Among key drivers, of course, is the aging population of American farmers and ranchers: In the next 15 years, the ownership of 40% of America’s agricultural land will be in transition, mostly due to aging landowners, reports …

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Producers Profiting from Record Growth in Wind and Solar Power

By KCoe Editorial | March 20, 2022
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Reading Time: 2 minutes Negotiating wind and solar leases can be complicated. The contract language must define provisions a farm or ranch can live with for two or more generations. It’s important to determine fair market value for the energy produced and for the land that will host wind or power generation. And when …

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