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Consumers and the Economy

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University During a recent webcast, a listener asked, “Are we officially in a recession?” Typically, the government...

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Can I Buy Land Now and Build Later?

We recently interviewed Alyssa Hartzell, loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit. As the final podcast in the series The Country Life: Buying Land, Alyssa discussed if it is a good approach to buy land...

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Land Appraisal 101

We recently interviewed Nick Pease, chief appraiser with AgChoice Farm Credit. As the fifth podcast in the series The Country Life: Buying Land, Nick discussed appraisals and their role in the land...

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Beginning a Farm: Where to Start

We recently interviewed Allison Beichner, loan officer with AgChoice Farm Credit. Allison shared advice for beginning farmers and how to get started. Listen to the full podcast episode with Allison...

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The "Big Three" of Tax Planning

Kenny Nearhoof, Accounting Officer The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) – you have likely heard about or...

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Board Member Spotlight - Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell owns and operates Apple Shamrock Farms, LLC, a 2,000-acre farm where she and her family milk 1,000 Holstein cows and care for 875 replacement heifers. Crops grown include corn, soybeans...

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What's a Pre-qualification?

As the fourth podcast in the series The Country Life: Buying Land, Kacie Hillis, AgChoice loan officer, answers many common questions about getting pre-qualified for a loan including the benefits and...

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What's a Credit Score? Why is it Important?

We recently interviewed Ryan Davis, director of credit administration with AgChoice Farm Credit. As the third podcast in the series The Country Life: Buying Land, Ryan discussed the basics of credit...

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All About REAP Tax Credits

We recently interviewed Joel Semke, REAP coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and State Conservation Commission. Details on Pennsylvania’s 2020-21 Resource Enhancement and...

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