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What is My Sustainable Growth Rate?

  • May 4, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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What Business Model Should I Use to Grow?

  • March 2, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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How Do I Finance the Growth of My Operation?

  • February 9, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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How Should Farm Growth Options be Evaluated?

  • January 17, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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What are my Options to Grow?

  • November 3, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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U.S. Farm Sector Financial Performance

  • October 18, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

Metrics that can be used to measure farm profitability include earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA), net farm income, the operating profit margin ratio, return on assets, and return…
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U.S. Farm Sector Balance Sheet

  • September 22, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

U.S. net farm income has declined approximately 49% since its peak in 2013. The balance sheet for the U.S. farm sector continues to adjust to the declines in U.S. net…
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Farm Machinery Costs and Custom Rates

  • September 1, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

Numerous farms that are either hiring a custom operator or providing custom rate services to other farms use published custom rate surveys. Though this information is very useful when establishing…
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Does Your Farm Need to Expand?

  • August 4, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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Evaluating Strategic Options

  • July 7, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

Today's business climate for farmers is fraught with uncertainty. Making smart long-run strategic decisions in this business climate is really difficult. When the future is so uncertain, one is tempted…
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Crop Insurance Product Comparisons

  • June 9, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

Periodically, discussion pertaining to the elimination of the harvest price option is mentioned in policy circles. The revenue protection product with the harvest price option is widely used in the…
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Assessing and Managing Strategic Risk

  • May 5, 2017
  • Michael Boehlje and Michael Langemeier

There are numerous ways to classify risk. One useful taxonomy is to categorize risk as either operational risk or strategic risk. Operational risk is composed of business and financial risk.…
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