Duerfeldt New Southeast Nebraska Ag Economist Educator
Austin Duerfeldt brings experience in crop production, financial management, and public service to his new position as Agricultural Economist Educator for Nebraska Extension in southeast Nebraska.
Duerfeldt specializes in farm accounting, financial analysis, and taxation and of late, has been fielding a lot of questions on cash rent and taxes. He and three other Nebraska Extension ag economic educators will be conducting programming throughout the state. These seminars will provide research-based information to help growers and agribusiness make farm management decisions in a lean ag economy.
“I’ve experienced a lot of the same issues as the farmers who come in with questions and can relate to their concerns as we discuss possible options and solutions,” Duerfeldt said. He will be presenting programs on grain marketing, cash rent, land valuation, financial analysis, and taxes, including effects of the new tax bill.
“I’m also working on a new program to provide negotiation training,” he said. That training can be important to landlords and renters developing a lease or buying land as well as someone buying large equipment. He hopes to open the negotiation training up to area small businesses who face similar needs in contracting for real estate, supplies, and services.
Duerfeldt’s office will be at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City.
Growing Up with Ag, Extension Interests
Duerfeldt grew up on a crop farm in southeast Nebraska, just miles from the original farmstead that has been in the family for over 150 years. He participated in 4-H, was a summer intern at the Richardson County Extension Office, and a 4-H leader for several years. He was also actively involved in FFA and holds his American Degree.
Upon graduation, he attended Northwest Missouri State University, earning his B.S. in public accounting with a minor in agricultural business in 2010. He continued his education at NWMSU, receiving an MBA with emphasis in agricultural economics in 2012. During those college years he developed and implemented a new accounting system at the university farm and designed the university's first classroom dedicated to agricultural marketing strategies and theory.
From 2012 to 2017 Duerfeldt served as the Richardson County Treasurer and worked part-time at an area CPA firm preparing income tax returns.
He lives near Falls City, where he remains active in the family farming operation. He enjoys staying current with the latest technology, woodworking projects, and family time.
Watch CropWatch for announcements of upcoming farm management meetings and articles from Duerfeldt.