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Flint on Crops: Sustainability Is Not a Dirty Word – Commentary

Flint on Crops: Sustainability Is Not a Dirty Word – Commentary

👤By Ernie Flint, Mississippi State University Agronomist 🕔Nov 20, 2017

Not very long after coming to work with the Extension Service I met one of the most colorful people of my entire career. He was not a native to the area, but had become one of the most successful farmers

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Farm Business: Tax Reform Benefits and Drawbacks for 2018 – DTN

Farm Business: Tax Reform Benefits and Drawbacks for 2018 – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 14, 2017

The U.S. Senate’s tax-reform bill released late Thursday would keep more tax brackets and maintain the estate tax, but also would still keep several tax provisions important to farmers regarding equipment expensing and pass-through income.   With the House advancing its

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Crop Choices, Farm Size: Changes in a Time of Low Corn, Soybean Prices

Crop Choices, Farm Size: Changes in a Time of Low Corn, Soybean Prices

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Nov 8, 2017

Recent news articles have documented that lower crop prices for commodities such as corn and soybeans have caused some producers to make changes to their traditional crop rotation, or to consider organic crop production methods. More broadly, a recent Wall Street Journal article noted

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Flint on Crops: How Large or Small Is a “Farm”? – Commentary

Flint on Crops: How Large or Small Is a “Farm”? – Commentary

👤By Ernie Flint, Mississippi State University Agronomist 🕔Nov 6, 2017

The concept of scale is something that seems to come up in almost every part of our lives, and I suppose this has always been true. However, I think we all realize that that this is only another way our

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Texas: Growing Corn for College Scholarships – DTN

Texas: Growing Corn for College Scholarships – DTN

👤By Karl Wolfshohl, Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor 🕔Oct 30, 2017

Graduates of a rural high school in the Texas Panhandle find lots of homegrown financial help as they graduate and move on to higher education. That’s due to the generosity of Karl Nielsen, an immigrant farmer from Denmark who passed

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Farming in Sub-Sahara Africa: Solutions Often Don’t Match Needs – Commentary

Farming in Sub-Sahara Africa: Solutions Often Don’t Match Needs – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Sep 14, 2017

Five weeks ago, we concluded an article on the loss of productive land in sub-Saharan Africa saying, “In the next column, we will examine other factors that have an impact on hunger and the lives of farmers and herders in Sub

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Farmers and Health Insurance: Affordable Coverage is Out of Reach

Farmers and Health Insurance: Affordable Coverage is Out of Reach

👤From the University of Vermont 🕔Jul 19, 2017

According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise. “The

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Farm Family in Japan: More Similarities Than You Might Expect – DTN

Farm Family in Japan: More Similarities Than You Might Expect – DTN

👤By Urban C. Lehner, DTN Editor Emeritus 🕔Jul 13, 2017

When he’s not farming, he repairs roads. She has a part-time job in town. The adult son who lives with them is a wallpaper hanger. They help their daughter care for the grandchildren, they know everyone for miles around, they

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Flint on Crops: Farmers Have a Sixth Sense – Commentary

Flint on Crops: Farmers Have a Sixth Sense – Commentary

👤By Ernie Flint, Mississippi State University 🕔Jun 5, 2017

Farmers are special people with unique skills that provide them with an advantage not known to those who have not been blessed it. The recognition that this is true is shown in the common statement that some people have a

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Illinois: How Hard Is It to Be Above Average in Farming?

Illinois: How Hard Is It to Be Above Average in Farming?

👤By Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, and Dale Lattz, University of Illinois 🕔May 29, 2017

Returns to farms vary from one year to next due to variation in prices, yields, and costs. Within a year, some farms will have higher returns than others. Over time, there are some farms that tend to persist in having

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