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Deadline Reminder: Livestock Insurance Deadline Approaching

By Pinion Editorial | May 14, 2024
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The USDA Risk Management Agency offers two popular federally subsidized livestock insurance programs: Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) and Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP). The deadline for transferring these programs is June 30. If you are unsatisfied with your current coverage or risk management advice related to DRP or LRP, now is …

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Use It or Lose It: Lock in Estate Tax Advantages Now

By Pinion Editorial | May 7, 2024
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The estate tax exemption doesn’t sunset until the end of 2025. So why worry about it now?   Unfortunately, this historically high estate and gift tax exemption offers a short window of opportunity, and it may be closing soon. If you want to preserve more of your wealth, it’s important to …

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Co-ops Can Increase Employee Retention with These 6 Steps

By Pinion Editorial | April 22, 2024
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In recent years, securing new employees has been an overwhelming concern for businesses, with several reasons contributing to the shortage of job seekers. The pandemic has accelerated a shift to non-traditional work structures, and while companies offering remote positions have been receiving a steady stream of applicants, employers with traditional …

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Navigating High Interest Rates in 2024

By Pinion Editorial | February 23, 2024
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After nearly two years of rising interest rates, many farmers are tapping into their cash reserves from prosperous years to avoid taking out new loans. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City reports that lending has softened with the amount of farm operating loans over $1 million dropping notably and …

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Farmland Project Success is Controllable

By Pinion Editorial | February 8, 2024
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When a piece of farm equipment breaks down, chances are slim to none that you take it to a general repair shop. If you can’t fix it in your own shop, you’re likely hauling it straight to a MacAllister’s or John Deere – somewhere with the equipment, knowledge and specific …

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What Kind of Farm Co-op Do You Want to Be?

By Pinion Editorial | February 8, 2024
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Farmers need three key things for their business: the best price, the best quality, and the best service. All of these come at a cost to an Ag cooperative, and it can be especially challenging to maintain a strong margin to stay profitable and able to serve your customers in …

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Financial Checklist for Ag Operations

By Pinion Editorial | December 15, 2023
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The beginning of the year is a great time to perform an overall financial check for your business. “We recommend that farm operations do this annually,” says principal Brad Palen of Pinion. “Not only does it provide you with a clearer picture of your business’ progress for the year, but it can …

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Is a Conservation Easement Right for Your Land?

By Pinion Editorial | December 4, 2023
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By Quint Shambaugh, land advisor and principal at Pinion Have you considered a conservation easement? Most ranchers, farmers and landowners are no stranger to the concept. And yet, it’s a tool that is often easily misunderstood or overlooked. Recognizing the Intrinsic Beauty and Benefits of Land I was reminded of …

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