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How Can I Improve Labor Productivity?

  • September 14, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier

Increasing labor productivity enables an industry or economy to produce the same amount or more output with fewer workers. Because labor productivity is directly related to output, it has a…
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What Should My Farm Benchmark?

  • September 7, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier

Benchmarking involves comparisons of a farm’s processes and performance measures with past performance, and with best practices and performance measures of other farms. Benchmarking is an important component to a…
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Operating Profit Margin Benchmarks

  • August 24, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Elizabeth Yeager

This article examines trends in the operating profit margin for a sample of farms over a ten-year period and develops financial performance benchmarks. Specifically, using KFMA whole-farm data for farms…
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Farm Safety Net for 2018

  • July 27, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

In earlier articles, we projected earnings for a case farm in west central Indiana, and examined the sensitivity of earnings and the farm safety net to changes in price and…
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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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