Anything is possible.
December 15, 2014
As we wrap up our 2014 farm business management experiences,
and look to 2015 and beyond – we may consider expanding something we already
do, or we may explore a new enterprise. We may even transition to something
outside of agriculture.
Our farm business choices are only limited by our imagination!
It is important to keep in mind that “anything is possible!” Examples easy to recall
New farm risk management tool!
December 1, 2014
Basics of the new Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)
Diverse family farms now have an additional risk management tool available.
WFRP is a new crop insurance policy called for in the
2014 Farm Bill and developed by the USDA, Risk Management Agency. This newly
available crop insurance product is not intended for a single specific crop,
but for all the crops, livestock,
November 22, 2014
Assessing available marketing opportunities
How do you gauge the value of a marketing channel?
Of the roughly $700 billion annual food system value in
the U.S., slightly over $100 billion is the farm gate value for all the food
farmers produce. The remaining $600 billion covers the processing, packaging,
marketing, storage, distribution and transportation between the farm gate and
U.S. agricultural productivity out paces all other industries
November 8, 2014
Where does all this food come from?
The abundance of safe, nutritious food in the U.S. is efficiently produced.
We understand that every American farmer feeds roughly 155 people. Since
these people do not have to farm to feed themselves they are free to pursue
other careers. This phenomenon is often referred to as the “industrialization
of agriculture.” By increasing the
What's your vision for family farms?
November 3, 2014
How do you see the future of family farms?
Can our current farm community structure continue as a viable business model?
The average size of a U.S. crop farm has changed little
during the past three decades. However, this seeming stability masks important
structural changes in the farm sector: there are growing numbers of very small
and very large farms and declining numbers of