December 11, 2019

Archives for February 2014

What Beginning or Retiring Farmers need to know about tax credits and loan programs

Whether you are starting your farming career or wrapping it up, there are all kinds of issues to consider. The Kossuth County Extension will hold a meeting on March 20th from 6:00-9:00pm at Water’s Edge Nature Center, Algona, IA. Topics of discussion will include: tax credits, loans and resources to help those interested in learning more about farm transitioning.

Many people are not aware of the opportunities to receive significant tax credits for renting to a beginning farmer or tax credits for selling land to beginning farmers. Beginning farmers may not be aware of the many opportunities to access financing from a variety of sources. Recent changes in the laws have made it easier for those that want to participate.

Speakers for the program will be Steve Ferguson from the Iowa Finance Authority, Ron Matz from the Kossuth County Farm Service Agency, Val Weis from Farm Credit Services of America and Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State University Farm Management Specialist,.

Please register in advance as a meal will be provided. The registration fee is $10. Call 515-295-2469 by March 17th.

 

PHOTOS: SciMax Learning Group seminar featuring Pollard, Branstad, Northey & more…

Recently the SciMax Solutions team hosted their annual Learning Group seminar at the West Des Moines Marriott.

To see photos of the event…and a couple funny surprises, head over to www.SciMaxSolutions.com/news!

Data Decisions: Group data analysis

Dan Frieberg, CEO of Premier Crop located in West Des Moines, recently penned this column for Corn and Soybean Digest.

By Dan Frieberg, CEO Premier Crop,
Corn and Soybean Digest

In our previous column I talked about analyzing data at the grower level and field level, but we have yet to talk about the next level: the group level. Group data analysis is regional. Through data-sharing agreements, growers can confidentially and anonymously share their field data to receive actionable intelligence from fields in their own local area.

A great example of the mutual benefit of group data comes from one of our customers, SciMax Solutions headquartered in northern Iowa, who confidentially and anonymously shares group data with like-minded growers agreeing to be in their program.

By looking at group data, a 3,000-acre SciMax grower saved about $60,000 annually in saved nitrogen by adopting variable-rate application instead of flat-rate applying about 200 pounds nitrogen per acre in the fall. The grower and his SciMax specialist saw that he could cut back his nitrogen rate by a third while still maintaining yields.

To read the rest of the colmun, click here.

To learn more about how SciMax Solutions can benefit your farm, visit us at SciMaxSolutions.com.

MaxYield Supports Emmet County 4-H

Marcy Sander, county youth coordinator accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H enrollment in Emmet County.

Marcy Sander, county youth coordinator accept a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H enrollment in Emmet County.

MaxYield Cooperative announced recently that they are continuing their commitment to Emmet County 4-H members and clubs by decreasing the cost of enrollment in the youth program.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H clubs and our commitment to 4-H,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed $1650 to Emmet County Extension.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families in this area. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and eastern Michigan. Founded in 1915, they are headquartered in West Bend, Iowa. More information about the cooperative can be found online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com.