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This month's cover story:

Shear Courage

Mike Harper doesn’t mince words about the challenge of feeding lambs, but he's managed to control costs and build a market.

 

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Legacy Project

  • Attend a Legacy Project Workshop Next Week

    6/30/2015 12:11:00 PM
    Your farm’s succession plan is important, but it is hard to make it urgent. Do just that by attending a Farm Journal Legacy Project Workshop next month.
  • June 30 Why Do We Have Legacy Workshops 6/30/2015 6:00:00 AM
    Johnne Syverson with Transition Point Advisors talks with FJ Radio about FJ Legacy Meetings and why they are so important to farmers.
  • Keeping Your Farm, Family Together--How You Can Beat the Odds 6/26/2015 6:55:00 AM
    Fact: 90% of family farms will fail before they reach the third generation. While this seems like unbeatable odds, with good planning and preparation, farmers can become part of the coveted 10% who stick together.
  • Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land 6/26/2015 2:54:00 AM
    If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
  • Odds Say Your Farm Will Fail. Here's How to Prove Them Wrong 6/23/2015 7:10:00 AM
    Statistics say 90% of family farms won't last three or more generations. Here's steps you can take to help ensure the future of your farm and keep your family business running generation after generation.
  • Will Your Farm Make It to the Third Generation? Odds Say No 6/19/2015 6:58:00 AM
    Here’s a staggering fact: Families fail to keep their families and fortunes together for three or more generations 90% of the time. Don't let your farm become that statistic. Get started on your succession plan today!
  • Don't Risk the Future of Your Farm 6/17/2015 9:39:00 AM
    Your farm’s succession plan is important, but it is hard to make it urgent. You can do just that by attending a Farm Journal Legacy Project Workshop on July 6 in Loveland, Colo.
  • Leave a Legacy: How to Transition Land 4/25/2015 2:54:00 AM
    If you want your farm to successfully transition from one generation to the next, you must do better than a vanilla will that says you want to leave everything equally to your children. Don’t assume your children will figure it out when you’re gone. They likely won’t.
  • 7 Questions to Ask Before You Hire 3/21/2015 2:59:00 AM
    How to build a collaborative and qualified succession planning team

Top Secrets

  • Perspective: It's Past Time To Have The Talk

    7/29/2015 2:46:00 AM
    In the cold, dark hours of the night, though, when you wake and find you’ve been dreaming about your cash-flow budget, the chilling truth is inescapable: You have to talk to your landowners about reducing the cash rent. Now.
  • Save the Date for Business Education 7/29/2015 2:43:00 AM
    Mark your calendar for these winter events from Top Producer
  • Rain, Risk and Reward 7/29/2015 2:42:00 AM
    Use multiple forecasts on different timeframes for strategic planning
  • The Farm CPA: Cash Balance Plans Can Save Taxes 7/29/2015 2:40:00 AM
    Are you a producer five years from retirement facing a $1 million tax bill? If so, using a cash balance plan might eliminate that bill and set you up for a more comfortable retirement.
  • Pollinator Legislation Picks Up 7/29/2015 2:34:00 AM
    Bee deaths prompt states to reexamine pesticides, fund research
  • Machinery Pete: Mid-Summer Market-Setter Impresses 7/29/2015 2:29:00 AM
    On July 1, I had to be near the town of Imperial in southwest Nebraska for the huge custom cutter auction at South Fork Harvesters. I knew it would feature an amazing level of one- and two-year-old large-capacity machines.
  • Top Of Mind: The Times, They Are A Changin' 7/29/2015 2:20:00 AM
    Last month, I sat in Ceres Café in the beautiful Chicago Board of Trade building. For anyone who has been to this historic site at LaSalle and Jackson streets during the past few years, you know the mood and foot traffic was, at best, lackluster.
  • Business Matters: Get Real On Your Production Costs 7/29/2015 2:17:00 AM
    It’s no surprise to any of us in grain production that margins are extremely tight. For most of us, profitability this season seems like an almost unachievable goal.
  • Host Hunters For Profit 7/29/2015 2:11:00 AM
    Enjoy premiums from deer and gamebirds alongside crops

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