Landowner considerations for CRP

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This year marks the 39th year since the inception of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a proactive program administered through the unique partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and landowners across the country. Some may have initially thought CRP and similar land-based rental programs would be short…

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Farm bill implications for farmland owners

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It isn’t uncommon for farm bills to move past their legislative expiration as was the case this past September when the fiscal expiration of the current 2018 Farm Bill occurred. It also isn’t the first time Congress has moved to enact a short term, one-year extension to keep the current law from reverting to mid-1900s…

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Effective communication FOR the farm

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In an industry where your “word” often carries more weight than a written agreement, effective communication between agricultural stakeholders is key to long-term success. Solid and forthright communication is a foundation of trust that takes years for good farming operations to establish. Effective dialog is a constant moving target, but if given the right attention…

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Honest retirement considerations for farmland

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Ask an ag producer what three things they consider key to the overall success of their farming operation, and the prevalent response will be hard work, honesty and family relationships.  There isn’t a day that goes by that your farming operation doesn’t rely heavily on each of these key components in some way: the crop…

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