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  • Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite: A Whole Farm Revenue Insurance Available in Wyoming
    James B. Johnson, John P. Hewlett* and Duane Griffith Agricultural Marketing Policy Center, Montana State University Cooperative Extension Service,  February 2008.
        * University of Wyoming Extension Educator

    Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite) is a federally-subsidized whole-farm revenue protection insurance plan. The plan is a whole farm (ranch) revenue insurance that covers revenue losses from most farm-raised crop commodities, animal commodities, and unprocessed (unaltered) animal products such as milk and wool. The plan protects against low revenue due to losses in production and declines in product quality and market price.
  • AGR-Lite Traning Course from RightRiskTM
    Rodney Sharp, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension, and Jeffrey E. Tranel, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, March 2008.

    A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: Introduction to Risk Management, AGR-Lite Overview, Application Process, In the Event of a Loss, Documentation Considerations, and a Summary and Example in six lessons. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.
  • Assessing the Economic Status of Your Beef Cow Herd
    Harlan Hughes, Tim Cross and Lee Meyer, 1996

    A beef farmer or rancher should first look at his cash flow and equity situation, second, he should look at his long-run solvency situation, third, he should determine if he is a high cost or a low cost producer, and fourth, he should evaluate his herd’s production efficiency.
  • Beef Records: The Key To Profitability
    Larry R. Corah, Kevin Dhuyvetter and Danny D. Simms, Kansas State University Research & Extension, November 1989

    Before deciding what type of records a cow/calf producer should keep, one must analyze the factors influencing profitability in the cowherd enterprise. Keeping records is not particularly enjoyable.
  • Benchmarking Your Herd's Economic Facts
    Harlan Hughes and Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University, 2002

    Benchmarking is the process of conducting a comparative analysis of your beef cow profit center with the averages of a set of benchmark herds and is the single most powerful farm and ranch management tool available.
  • Being Prepared to Manage Risk
    Laurence M. Crane, National Crop Insurance Services, October 1998

    "Be Prepared!" That's good advice for Boy Scouts and farmers. In fact, one of the most difficult tasks farmers face is being prepared for unknown events.
  • Determining Risk Exposure
    Laurence M. Crane, National Crop Insurance Services, October 1998

    Understanding exposure to risk is fundamental to farm business success. This implies an understanding of risk sources, tradeoffs and management strategies. 
  • Equipment Lease Analyzer
    Raymond E. Massey, July 1998

    The equipment lease analyzer is designed to answer 2 questions regarding leasing farm equipment. First it seeks to determine whether a lease or a purchase is more profitable and feasible from a cash flow perspective.
  • Family Living Cost Major Factor Driving Business Size
    David M. Kohl, Alex White, Dixie W. Reaves, Amanda Wilson, & Troy Wilson, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 1996

    The increase in family living costs that exceed the rate of inflation in recent years has some serious implications to the farm family including the necessary farm size and employment outside the business.
  • Financial Management and Analysis
    Rod Sharp, Cooperative Extension Service Colorado State University, December 1999
    Many farmers have a natural gift for financial management and have been quite successful in managing their business with little or no formal training.  Even these people are learning, understanding, and using tools designed to provide answers to a variety of different . . .
  • Fundamentals of Investment Analysis
    Don Lybecker, Cooperative Extension Service Colorado State University, December 1999
    Capital investments for periods greater than one year are common in agriculture.  This article defines the tools needed to appropriately analyze multi-year investments to determine what effects those investments will have on an operations financial situation.
  • Getting On Track: Better Management Through Basic Ag Records course from RightRiskTM
    Trent Teegerstrom, University of Arizona, John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension, Rodney L. Sharp, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, and Jeffrey E. Tranel, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, July 2009.

    A two-hour CD and internet-based course including four vignettes titled: Preserving The Tradition, Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket Get the Max From Your Tax, and 4-H Gone Hog Wild. Other topics covered include: why keep records?, basic record keeping 5 easy steps, keeping production records, keeping financial records, schedule F, where do I go from here? A glossary, frequently asked questions, and resource links are provided, along with example records systems and much more.
  • Getting on Track: Better Management Through Basic Financial Statements from RightRiskTM
    Rodney L. Sharp, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension, and Jeffrey E. Tranel, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, October 2011.

    A two-hour CD and internet-based course covering: An introduction to Financial Statements, Cash Flow Statements, Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statement of Owner Equity, and Where Do I Go From Here?. Also included are a glossary, resource links for further research, and many other features.
  • Getting On Track: Understanding Financial Performance course from RightRiskTM
    Rodney L. Sharp, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension, and Jeffrey E. Tranel, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, October 2012.

    A two-hour CD and internet-based course including: what is financial analysis?, measures of liquidity, measures of solvency, measures of profitability, measures of financial efficiency, measures of repayment capacity, and where do I go from here? A glossary, frequently asked questions, and resource links are provided, along with example records systems and much more.
  • Have Farming Risks Changed?
    James B. Johnson and Vincent H. Smith, Montana State University, July 1998

    Farm and ranch managers have been informed by many United States Department of Agriculture and university economists that they are now managing their crops in a riskier environment.
  • Integrated Management and Setting Goals
    John P. Hewlett, University of Wyoming, 1996

    Integrated management is a method of managing the farm or ranch operation as a whole, rather than as separate, unrelated enterprises. especially when commodity prices are down.
  • IRM Learning Teams
    Harlan Hughes and Chris Bastian, North Dakota State University, 1996

    The objective of this fact sheet is discuss the role that Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Learning Teams can play in helping beef farmers and ranchers formulate a management action plan designed specifically for the current tough times.
  • Leasing vs. Buying Farm Machinery
    Richard Edwards, Danny Klinefelter and Dean McCorkle, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, May 1998

    Equipment leasing has gained favor with farmers and ranchers in recent years. Leasing often can be advantageous, but one must understand how leases work and how to compare the costs of leasing and buying.
  • Leasing vs. Buying Farm Machinery (Curriculum Guide)
    Texas Agricultural Extension Service, May 1998

    Goals and objectives: (1) understand the difference in the concepts of control of equipment through purchasing, and leasing; (2) understand the terminology of purchasing and leasing; (3) understand methods of comparing the costs associated with purchasing and leasing and how these costs are derived; and (4) develop a net after tax cash flow table to determine the least cost alternative for meeting their machinery input needs.
  • Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
    Farm Service Agency, December 1997

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides direct and guaranteed loan assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources.
  • Managing Your Farm's Financial Risk
    Gayle Willett, Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service, December 1998

    The objective of this chapter, Managing Your Farm’s Financial Risk, is to provide specific strategies for managing financial risk faced by the farm business. The chapter focuses primarily on credit, investment and cash reserve/liquidity issues.
  • Managing Your Farm's Financial Risk - PowerPoint Slides
    Gayle Willett, Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service, December 1998

    The objective of this chapter, Managing Your Farm’s Financial Risk, is to provide specific strategies for managing financial risk faced by the farm business. The chapter focuses primarily on credit, investment and cash reserve/liquidity issues.
  • Managing Risk Through Farm Business Planning
    Dr. Laurence Crane, National Crop Insurance Service

    Today’s successful farmers are businessmen first and farmers second. Continued success in the risk-laden world of agricultural production will be determined largely by ability to anticipate and prepare for the future.
  • Managing Risk in a Dynamic World Economy
    Harold M. Harris, Jr., Geoffery A. Benson and Parr Rosson, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, April 1998

    This leaflet provides and overview of the globalization of U.S. agriculture, with special emphasis on implications for risk management.
  • Managing Risk in a Dynamic World Economy(Curriculum Guide)
    Texas Agricultural Extension Service, April 1998

    Goal and Objectives: (1) understand the key sources of risk related to the globalization of agriculture and operating in a dynamic world economy, (2) understand the relationship between agriculture and world trade, (3) understand why trade is important to southern agriculture.
  • Managing Your Herd's Composition
    Russell Tronstad, The University of Arizona, 1996

    Range cow culling and replacement decisions are driven by future cow productivity, feed costs, and the current and future market value for replacements, calves, and slaughter cows.
  • Pasture and Grazing Land Price Information
    Matthew A. Diersen, Extension Risk and Business Management Specialist and Martin K. Beutler, Extension Economist, South Dakota State University 2003
    Pasture and grazing lands are a valuable resource with a price determined by productivity and market forces. Various sources of land price information are available; they are given here to improve your awareness of prices that are available, when prices are . . .
  • Rural Financial Trends: How Are Lenders and Interest Rates Changing?
    Sue Hine and Dawn Thilmany, Cooperative Extension Service Colorado State University, December 1999
    This report outlines some of the important trends in rural credit markets including the types of lenders, volume of loans, interest rate trends and some discussion of specific types and sizes of loans.
  • Valuation of Raised Breeding Livestock
    Damona G. Doye, Harry G. Haefner and Lori J. Shipman, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
    This fact sheet explains the valuation methods for raised breeding livestock.
  • What Do Goals Mean to a Business?
    Victoria Mundy & Karen Mundy, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 1997
    Goals are written statements which describe a desired condition that can be achieved through personal action. Goals are a statement of what you want life to be and what you can do to make it that.

 

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