Farm Journal: January 2016

Magazine Features


  • Straight From D.C.: What Does the TPP Deal Mean for U.S. Farmers?

    After seven years and two presidential administrations, negotiators finished the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in October 2015.

  • American Countyside: Back in the Saddle

    Riding a horse requires skill, especially if you’re on the pro rodeo circuit. Now imagine that task without the use of your legs. 

  • Machinery Pete: Tracks Gain Traction

    November 2015 was track tractor month. In the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I saw quite a number of strong auction prices for good used track tractors. 


  • It's Not About Your Equity

    Like most farmers, the bulk of your net worth is likely in the equity of your ground. But you might have discovered a “land rich” net worth, even a sizeable one, doesn’t assure banks will approve a loan renewal.  


  • Leave A Legacy: Accountability Drives Succession Progress

    Making progress with estate or succession planning can often feel like one step forward, two steps back. 

  • John's World: This Year for Sure

    There are few legal things as exciting as the turn of the year. It’s a fresh start, a reset to zero, a hosing off of the gravy stains of yore.

  • In The Shop: Battery-Powered...Everything

    Two decades ago, battery-powered tools first appeared on farms. 

  • Plan Now to Leverage New IRS Rule

    Listen up for your 2016 taxes: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has changed the rule governing the assets businesses must capitalize and depreciate.

  • Predictions for the New Year

    Although predicting the future is always a risky exercise, making predictions about the direction of agricultural policy in 2016 is outright foolish.

  • Keep Your Cash-Flow Options Open

    As you read my first column of 2016, we’re entering into  a seasonal time period of cash-flow sales. Regardless of the past, now is the time to get ready to navigate the road ahead.