Will You Have an Estate Tax Problem?

by Heather Lauf November 11, 2013

Farm Futures logoAre you in the later part of your farming career? Do you know someone who is - maybe it's your Dad or Grandpa? That farmer has some different concerns from those who are just starting out. One of those might be around high land values - and the estate tax problems that could create in passing the farm to the next generation.

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, shares the story of one farmer who didn't quite realize what high land values meant for him and his estate plan. Read the blog post.

Who Is in the Future of Your Farm?

by Heather Lauf November 8, 2013

bMetzger64Where's the future of your farm heading? How do you figure out who's going to lead from the next generation - and how that fits in with the whole plan? Ben Metzger, Director of Legacy Planning with Water Street Solutions, has some ideas that can help get you started as you think about the future leaders of your farm. He talks here with farm broadcaster DeLoss Jahnke about that on the noon agribusiness hour.  Noon Show Ben Metzger AUDIO

Financial Practices, Habits Can Foster Good Decisions

by Heather Lauf November 6, 2013

AgriNews logoMaking financial decisions for your operation can be tough. It might get a little easier when you have the right data and information about your farm. Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks about the financial practices to implement to help with your decision-making. Read his AgriNews column.

Planning for 2014 - What to Keep in Mind?

by Heather Lauf November 5, 2013

dFrye64You're probably finishing up in your fields with harvest 2013 - have you started to think about 2014? Our ag finance specialists are already hearing land-related questions and questions about inputs. So, what's on your mind for 2014? Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions, talks with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN about some things to consider as you start your plans.  Planning for 2014 Frye AUDIO

Keep Your Foot in the Door

by Heather Lauf November 4, 2013

Farm Futures logoWhen the landlord asks for higher cash rent - what should you do? Do you keep your foot 'in the door'? But how can you do that without hurting yourself? What's the right balance?

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions has some ideas on how to talk with your landlords about what current commodity prices could mean for cash rent levels. Read his blog post.

The Crop is Almost In - How Are You Accounting for Your Costs?

by Heather Lauf October 31, 2013

mGustafson64As harvest gradually wraps up this fall, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you brought in this year. And the other side of that - how much it costs to grow your crop, manage your livestock and run the farm - do you feel you have a good handle on that, too? Listen to our Chief Operating Officer Mike Gustafson talk with WIRL broadcaster DeLoss Jahnke about how to figure out both sides of that equation on the agribusiness hour.  Noon Show Mike Gustafson AUDIO

Put Financial Practices in Place

by Heather Lauf October 29, 2013

tBrhel64What's the combination of good financial practices that will help as you build a successful operation? Doing everything a little bit better on your farm is a pathway to success - and good financial habits can put you on that road. Tim Brhel, an Ag Finance Specialist with Water Street Solutions, talks with farm broadcaster Dewey Nelson of KRVN about some of these ideas.  Financial Practices to Put in Place Brhel AUDIO

Get Strategic About Taxes

by Heather Lauf October 28, 2013

Farm Futures logoTax planning might not be your most favorite part of your farm business...but farms do have a unique opportunity (that most businesses don't) to plan taxes in a strategic, long-term way. Have you set up a meeting with your tax preparer for once harvest is done - to take advantage of that?

In his weekly Finance First post on FarmFutures.com, Darren Frye, President and CEO of Water Street Solutions talks about some of the questions your tax preparer should be asking to help you plan your taxes strategically - based on where your operation is headed.  Read his blog post.

Productivity on the Farm is No Accident

by Heather Lauf October 25, 2013

Corn and Soybean Digest web logoAs a farm leader, how can you motivate your employees - while making sure the important work on the farm is getting done? What are the best ways to make sure that all employees are contributing to the cause?

This month, Dean Heffta, Senior Director at Water Street Solutions, talks about how a highly productive staff on the farm is no accident - it's a result of the farm leader's intentions and actions. Read his column about that in the October issue of Corn and Soybean Digest.

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