Improving Farm Profitability

Running a profitable farm involves navigating both unpredictable and controlled factors.

The characteristics of highly profitable farms are difficult to estimate, but not entirely incalculable. While there are circumstances beyond the farmer’s control—such as weather, regulations, market prices, and trade policies—the business decisions made by farm operators can have an equal or even greater impact on farm profit margins.

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Balancing Agricultural Supply and Demand

Why is supply and demand management important and how does it impact farm profits?

Imagine a food system that balances the needs of everyone including farmers, workers, processors, distributors, and retailers while providing nutritious and affordable food for every community. This concept is ambitious, but it isn’t out of our reach. It begins with an open discussion on legislative and trade reform that prioritizes the establishment of a stable and resilient family farm economy while continuing to meet the needs of consumers all over the world.

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Benefits of On-Farm Crop Storage

U.S. crop production is growing and farm storage needs to grow with it.

Crop storage is a perpetual balancing act each year for American farmers and 2020 is no exception. The importance of a strong and resilient domestic food supply is at the forefront of this year with on-farm crop storage a vital component of its fruition.

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Key Agricultural Policy Issues for 2020 Election

What issues matter most this year for American farmers and where does each administration stand?

Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe the 2020 presidential election will be the most important election in their lifetime, according to a recent poll. This year’s election is shaping up to be one of the most historic elections in U.S. history and agriculture is central to many key issues.Read More

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Managing Farm Stress in a Hazy Economy

How is COVID-19 affecting the mental wellbeing of American farmers and ranchers?

October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, while 2020 marks a year where our collective mental health has taken a vehement beating. As a particularly arduous industry both physically and mentally, farmer and rancher mental health has been hit especially hard this year.Read More

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2020 Fall Harvesting Season: Agritourism and COVID-19

Fall harvest season comes with a new set of challenges this year for U.S. agriculture.

The season of festivals and sweater weather is upon us, but annual fall events in 2020 will likely look considerably different than years prior. This year, there may still be pumpkin patches and family gatherings but with it will also come masks, hand sanitizer, and frequent temperature checks.Read More

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Coronavirus Relief Bill: A Resource Guide for U.S. Farmers and Agricultural Producers

Emergency Relief Brings Funding to Critical Infrastructures

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—phase three of the coronavirus stimulus package—was passed last week, resulting in a $2.3 trillion bill. This historic relief bill was approved unanimously by the Senate (96-0) to alleviate the economic pressures businesses and individuals are experiencing as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Security Implications and Cyber Risk with Smart Agriculture

What you Need to Know About the Future of Farm Technology and Cybersecurity.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has affected the daily lives of people around the world. Measures to contain the virus such as social distancing and quarantining at home, has forced many businesses to be more reliant on technology than normal to keep their businesses afloat and functioning effectively. With this increased digital dependence, comes an increased risk of potential data breaches.Read More

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