The new year often brings thoughts of income taxes and tax preparation. Some farmers might have received a loan servicing assistance payment if they were experiencing certain types of financial distress.
Right now, farmers are finalizing 2023 crop production plans – making decisions on crop inputs, planting, and other practices. Farmers should also assess the risks for the upcoming 2023 crop year. The support that may be provided by various tools to manage production and marketing risk includes Farm Bill commodity programs, federal crop insurance, and marketing tools.
Many business owners and farmers often do not prepare their own federal tax forms due to the complexity of the tax laws. At the beginning of each year, farmers must review their recordkeeping, generate income and expense reports, capital asset purchases and sales lists, and meet with their tax professionals.
Pick up any farm magazine or listen to any farm podcast and it won’t be long before the phrase “Costs of Production” comes up. Knowing costs of production is an important piece of management information and vital in many farm management decisions. Yet, as obvious as it sounds, pop open the hood and the messiness is revealed.
Join Kevin Bernhardt, Extension Farm Management Specialist, and Katie Wantoch, Extension Farm Management Outreach Specialist, as they share financial tools and analysis methods to aid in answering these questions and making informed decisions.
Whether it is marketing decisions, best production practices, human resource management or technology adoption, a major piece of information for the farm business decision-maker is knowing the costs of production. Two major questions in determining costs of production are how to calculate and which cost of production.
There are many tools farm managers can use to inform their decision-making. One simple and effective tool for many farm management applications is breakeven costs of production. This is particularly useful in marketing decisions as the breakeven cost of production is the price needed to cover costs. If a profit goal is added to the breakeven cost of production, then the decision-maker knows what price will not only cover costs, but also a profit goal.
Cyclical lows tend to be a time of greater anxiety for many and include increased exit from the industry. However, even in cyclical lows, some farms are making profits. For these farms, it is also a time of opportunity as capital asset prices for machinery, land, and cows are often lower as well. The question is: What do these successful farms look like at the end of cyclical highs that enable them to continue that success during cyclical lows?
Part II of this article series discusses how to clear obstacles that litter the path to implementing important decisions on the farm through the use of Fishbone Diagram and Forcefield Analysis.
Part I of this article series introduces “The Memory Jogger” booklet and how brainstorming and nominal group technique can help generate your farm’s next great idea.
Risk and farming are two sides of the same coin. Like many industries, the farm business lives with and deals with risk daily. Further, the number of risks and their costs are increasing. These increases make the management of risk a vital component for successful long-term profitability. Risk is the probability that some event will cause exposure to […]