Preventing runoff into the Mississippi River Play video

Keeping farm field runoff from reaching the Mississippi River is the focus of a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation effort centered in Missouri. FULL STORY »

Local disasters: Motivation to prepare

Less familiar but more frequent farm-scale catastrophes. FULL STORY »

New tool kit aids financial recovery after disasters

Individuals and families now have a tool kit to help them recover financially after experiencing a natural disaster. FULL STORY »

Midwest, Plains bankers worry about flood effects

Rural bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states worry that Missouri River flooding will hurt the region's economy. FULL STORY »

Safety first

Tom Drendel, agricultural safety specialist, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, asks farmers to put on their “safety” hat and walk through their farm, focusing on hazards without regard to how much money or time it will take to fix them. FULL STORY »

Disaster resiliency requires accounting for unique family needs

Farm life is hectic under normal situations; in the rush to respond or cope following a disaster, there will be many competing needs to be addressed. Preparing and preplanning can complete some of the most important of these needs before the rush to respond arrives. FULL STORY »

Assess future crop insurance needs carefully

This spring's weather should serve as a reminder to you to review your current crop insurance policies and reconsider future coverage. The deadline to buy insurance for this year's crops passed, but you should begin to consider different options for next year, notes George Patrick, a Purdue University extension agricultural economist who specializes in risk management. FULL STORY »

Call the bank before the bank calls you

There is no denying that the dairy industry has struggled financially for the past few years. In California, it has been reported that 99 dairies went out in 2008, 100 closed shop in 2009, and 37 were gone in 2010. FULL STORY »

Is an earthquake likely?

As we watch the world deal with the devastating effects of the earthquake in Japan, and the aftershocks that have continued to ravage that country, many may be thankful that they don’t have to deal with earthquakes here. But there are several regions in the U.S. that might consider doing some planning for an earthquake. California might be top of mind when it comes to earthquakes. However there are serious concerns over fault lines in the Midwest. FULL STORY »

Chart a better future for your dairy

As things seem to be improving on the dairy price outlook, now is the time to take a look at management strategies to weather the next downturn, suggests Tim Dolan, University of Minnesota extension educator, Sibley County. That will be much easier to say than to do. Cash flows will still be tight with inputs also on the rise. Every situation is unique but all have some similarities. One similarity at this point seems to be all who are still in business have an ability to manage in times of adversity, he notes. FULL STORY »

What’s your contingency plan?

Death, divorce and disability can leave a farm struggling financially if there is no contingency plan in place, says a Purdue University Extension financial planning and tax specialist. A contingency plan defines how a farm will recover from a critical event to resume normal operation. It helps you think clearly in emergency situations so you can avoid trying to solve problems at the last minute. FULL STORY »

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