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Following a Legend

One of the questions that often comes from new agricultural lenders and young producers is, “How do I follow a legend?” In sports, there are many stories of challenges faced by new coaches following...

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Tips to Make Tax Planning Easier

We recently interviewed Sarah Meyers, a farm accounting officer at AgChoice. Now that the weather has turned cooler, fall season is in full swing and harvest is starting to finish up. Tax planning...

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SBDCs Help Businesses Get started

We recently interviewed Winifred McGee. Winifred is a previous Penn State extension educator who now works for the University of Scranton's Small Business Development Center, or SBDC. Winifred will...

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Management Intensity: The Name of the Game

Weather, inflation, trade uncertainty, global geopolitics, and supply and marketing chain disruptions can lead one to say, “Enough is enough!” Well, this is the world of agriculture and the economy...

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Making Sense of Leasing

We recently interviewed Jeff Moser, executive loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit. No matter if you are a full- or part-time farmer, agricultural producers have a number of capital needs to make...

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Forest Products Industry Outlook

We interviewed Thad Taylor, executive loan officer and forest products specialist with AgChoice Farm Credit. AgChoice recently released its Forest Products Industry Outlook, a document which provides...

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Profitability Separators

What separates the average from the good or great when it comes to bottom line profitability? This question was the subject of discussion for a focus group of owners and managers who were about to...

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Jack of All Trades: Crop and Pig Farming

The most recent Field Notes podcast highlighted an episode from the new AgBiz Cast podcast, which shares inspiring stories of young, beginning and small farmers. The interview was with Marlin Hartzler...

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