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Building a Budget: Where to Start

We recently interviewed Leslie Hoover, Assistant Accounting Services Manager. A budget can be a valuable tool, helping to manage financials and make decisions. However, building a budget, whether it...

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BTN - Back to Normal

A common phrase being spoken is, “I sure can't wait to get back to normal.” It’s fitting to end 2020 with an article discussing getting back to normal (BTN) and how it may evolve in this decade. Will...

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Fall Farm Safety Reminders

Fall is a busy time, with choppers and combines in full throttle and everything that comes with it like farm trucks and tractors on roads, packing trenches, filling grain bins and more. We recently...

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Technology Opens Doors for Young Farmer

For William Thiele, a sixth generation Butler County dairy farmer, an unexpected Christmas gift and its agricultural applications opened new leadership and educational opportunities. The #DroneGuy...

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Crop Insurance Myths Debunked

We recently interviewed Joel Alsdorf, crop insurance specialist for AgChoice Farm Credit. Farming is unpredictable with many outside forces dictating your success in the field. Since you can’t control...

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Hey Neighbor!

For those of us who grew up in rural areas, the phrase, “Hey neighbor! How are you doing?” often evokes the welcome sight of a familiar face. The de-urbanization trend has been accelerated by the...

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Words of Wisdom from a Young Farmer

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 William Thiele...

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Why Benchmark?

We recently interviewed Mike Hosterman, ag business consultant for AgChoice Farm Credit. If you own or operate a farm business, chances are you often think about how you compare to your peers. Are...

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