Field Notes Blog

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Helping Neighbors in Need

We recently interviewed Jane Clements-Smith, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania. During this time of thanksgiving we are grateful for the role of food banks in helping our neighbors in need...

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Managing Volatility on Dairy Farms

We recently interviewed Cory Mellott, crop insurance specialist with AgChoice Farm Credit and Crop Growers LLP. Volatility in dairy markets is a significant challenge for the dairy industry, and 2020...

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PA Veteran Farming Project

We recently interviewed Mimi Thomas-Brooker with the PA Veteran Farming Project. In celebration of Veterans Day, we discussed veterans in agriculture and resources to help them be successful. Listen...

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Tax Planning for Unique Situations

We recently interviewed Dave Fleming, accounting officer with AgChoice Farm Credit. Farm taxes have many nuances, especially in a year like 2020, and Dave discusses tax planning strategies for farmers...

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The Economic Radar Screen

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University The days are getting shorter and the fall and winter seasons are just around the corner. What is on the...

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Hidden Cost of Prepayment Penalties

We recently interviewed Kurt Beshore, loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit. Kurt discusses prepayment penalties, including what they are and how to avoid the hidden costs associated with them...

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Board Member Spotlight - Meet Rick Allen

Rick Allen owns and operates Crabapple Valley Farms, a 78-acre farm. He serves as a director on the Fayette County Holstein Board and co-chair of the Fayette County Fair dairy show committee. We asked...

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