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House Hacker – Extreme Recycling

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

I’m all for recycling and using resources conservatively, appropriately, and sustainably. Frank Alsema takes a creative approach to build a house completely out of reclaimed and recycled items. Things we all should think about.

Farm Leases – LL and T perspectives

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Corn & Soybean Digest has a very nice basic article about farmland leases and the relative mix between risk and reward (return on investment) for each.  The information is based upon Iowa data, but the concept translates well to Indiana.  I work with both landlords and farmers (tenants), and when we are discussing leases (on […]

Why Farming is Broken (Minute Earth)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Interesting observations – perhaps a bit simplistic – but worth the time to consider.

The Ag Effect – Kosciusko County, Indiana

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

It’s all connected.

Global Seed Vault

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The World’s largest collection of genetic diversity of crops.  Seeds from all over the world, including 70,000 varieties of barley, 150,000 varieties of rice and 140,000 samples of wheat. Take a tour:

Commodity Export Share of US Ag Production

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Check out the graphic, and click on the image to link through to read the article about the percent of US Commodity production that leaves the States:   From: Which Commodity Depends the Most on Exports? AgWeb article by Ben Potter.   Some fun facts:  The US produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds, […]

A Cautionary Tale of Overreach

Monday, May 1st, 2017

I can’t make this stuff up. Duarte Nursery v Army Corps of Engineers  (note:  link is to an early decision – the case is still pending as of this writing) is a case about the Feds pursuing a farmer for alleged tillage of wetlands. The farmer’s point of view is (1) I avoided any potential […]

400 Day Honeymoon, Documented by Drone

Friday, March 31st, 2017

A charming use of drone technology.  Kaz and Mariko Yamaguchi, from Kyoto, took a 400-day honeymoon to 48 countries and captured some beautiful video via drone. The BBC News bit on their experience is also worth the watch:

Drone Lawsuit Shot Down

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a case filed by a drone owner against the self-described “drone-slayer” for shooting down the drone. The drone owner brought the lawsuit under federal and FAA violations, but the judge found that this was a civil (tort) matter under state jurisdiction. Moral of the story: Shooting down drones that violate […]

What’s up with these living trusts?!

Friday, February 24th, 2017

It’s February 24, and I just made an appointment with my THIRD client this year will bring me an empty Living Trust. That’s the third one this year.  I typically handle this type of client in this situation about twice a year. The 90’s and early 2000’s was the peak for the “Living Trust” mills.  While […]

Where do you deploy 500 drones? The Superbowl, of course!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Drone technology continues to evolve. ICYMI, here’s the Lady Gaga intro to halftime including the drone backdrop video from the Superbowl (due to NFL restrictions, you’ll need to click through to view the first video directly on YouTube): Here’s the “behind the scenes” (more promotional than informational, but still of interest): Fun facts: – These […]

5 Tax Organizing Tips for Farmers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

My farm clients have started calling for tax appointments, even though they don’t have all their financial information collected. As you gather information for your tax preparer, keep these tips in mind:   1.  Separate your major farm activities into separate businesses (Enterprises). If you have multiple farm entities, each should have its own bank […]

Merry Christmas – Here’s Your Prenup

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Christmas and the holidays are the most festive and romantic time of year.   43% of engagements happen between November and January, with the top proposal dates as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day.  (These believable but unsourced statistics were found on Wedding Wire and Elite Daily). For farm families, the addition […]

Fun with Drones for Christmas

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Disney and Intel team up for a terrific 300-drone light show for the holidays. It takes special permission from FAA to deploy a drone swarm (technically, ‘drone fleet’). Another drone light show from Intel – provides a behind the scenes look at the technology:

Ports of Indiana Explore Options for Fourth Port

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Port information starts at 0:55 Inside INdiana Business Why is this categorized as “Agriculture? More than 1/3 of the shipborne freight at Indiana Ports is corn. Other agriculture products at Indiana Ports include ethanol, soybean meal, and fertilizer.