Farm Management

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Preparing For Pre-Harvest Marketing In 2018

January 18, 2018
Selling corn under $4.00/bushel is not fun for anyone, but it will be a reality for Nebraska producers this year. Despite low prices, there will be opportunities for savvy marketers. In this article the author reviews some of 2017's marketing challenges and offers suggestions for how to avoid them in 2018.

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Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics this February

January 17, 2018
Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state this February. Eight clinics will be available this month.

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Overview of Tax Law Changes for Ag Operations

January 11, 2018
The author reviews a number of changes introduced by the 2017 Tax Relief Act and briefly notes their possible effect on farm and ranch operations.

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Tax Law Update: Elimination of 1031 Exchanges for Personal Property

January 10, 2018
One outcome of the 2017 Tax Relief Act was the elimination of personal property under the rules of Section 1031. This change will affect record keeping for ag operations and may have a significant impact on many farmer's tax returns.

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Farm Finance and Ag Law Clinics in January

December 18, 2017

Openings are available for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted across the state each month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.

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Nebraska Farm Custom Rate Survey Participants Requested

December 15, 2017
Nebraska custom operators are invited to take part in the 2018 Nebraska Farm Custom Rate Survey. Results for the 2018 survey will be published mid-2018.

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Market Journal Looks at Long-run Crop Price Cycles

December 8, 2017
This week on Market Journal host Jeff Wilkerson talks with Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist, about research on how long-run price cycles could indicate when crop market prices will recover. Wilkerson also talks with Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist Loren Giesler about selecting soybean traits to reduce disease risk. In 2017 Nebraska soybean farmers produced the state's largest soybean crop in the state's history, he notes, representing the state's fourth record in four years.

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Nebraska Crop Production Budgets Updated for 2018

December 6, 2017
The 78 Nebraska Crop Budgets for 2018 include five new budgets relative to corn-soybean rotations and updated costs for inputs, machinery operation, ownership, and service. The budgets are grouped by crop and provided in two formats: PDF and an editable Excel spreadsheet that allows users to customize the budget to reflect their operation.

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