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Pork Cutout Futures Provide New Risk Management Tool

Although lean hog futures prices and pork cutout values are correlated, they can diverge significantly at times leading to interest in developing a risk management tool that more closely matches the price series used in many cash contracts. Recently CME Group launched pork cutout futures and options in an attempt to address this challenge.

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Financial Management – Statements & Analysis

A series of financial management articles that examine financial statements and financial analysis. Financial management involves the evaluation of liquidity and solvency, financial planning, acquisition and use of financial resources, asset purchases and farm growth, and relationships with agricultural lenders.

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Evaluating New Ventures and Enterprises

Several factors need to be considered when evaluating new ventures and enterprises. In addition to determining how a new venture or enterprise fits into the current operation, it is important to evaluate expected returns and risk, the cost and ease of entry and exit, and managerial requirements and complexity.

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Thinking About Choosing A Marketing Advisor?

Farm operations often rely on consultants for a wide variety of services ranging from agronomic and animal nutrition services to tax and legal advice. But less common among farm operations is the use of a marketing advisor.

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Ag Survivor Workshop

Top Farmer 2020 pre-conference workshop by John Hewlett, Ranch/Farm Management Specialist, University of Wyoming and Jay Parson, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Link to the Right Risk Ag Survivor online workshop.

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Assessment of Management Skills

Assessing management skills is an important part of benchmarking farm performance and figuring out where improvements may be needed.

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Farm Growth: Challenges and Opportunities

Before growing, it is essential for an operation to think about their strategic direction.

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Managing Risk: A Conversation with Kirkpatrick Farms

Kirkpatrick Farm operators, Bryan and Susan Kirkpatrick along with their daughter, Andrea, raise food-grade corn and seed soybeans with an emphasis on improving the productivity of their land.

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Managing Risk: A Conversation with Scott Farms

Scott Farms is a diversified crop farm. Operators include Brian, John, and Robert. Crops produced include corn, waxy corn, popcorn, soybeans, and seed soybeans.

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Managing Risk: A Conversation with Mylet Farms

The Mylet farm is operated by Tom and Neal Mylet (fifth and sixth generations of the Mylet family) along with input from several other family members. The farm has been in their family for more than 150 years.

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