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Depreciation: What You Can Deduct and How to Calculate Deductions

Farm Accounting, Farm taxes

Posted by Mary-Karen Whittman on Nov 15, 2017 3:49:00 PM

Overview

Depreciation is an annual tax deduction for the cost of certain business property. Depreciable property includes buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture, and equipment. To deduct depreciation, you must own the asset, use the asset for business, and use the asset for more than one year. You cannot depreciate property if you use it solely for personal activities. If you use property...

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Farm Manager, Are You Looking at These 6 Financial Measures?

Farm Accounting, Management, Farm Financials

Posted by Gary Huggins on Oct 25, 2017 12:15:00 PM

“What's considered enough money? Just a little bit more.”— Will Rogers

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Understanding Farm Financials

Farm Accounting, Management, Farm Financials

Posted by Brian Bennett on Oct 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

To be an effective business manager, it is important that you understand your farm’s financial reporting. Regardless of whether you personally are responsible for your farm accounting, employ a person as the bookkeeper for the farm, or outsource your farm bookkeeping, understanding your financial reporting is your responsibility. By generating accurate financials and understanding your...

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Does Your Farm Software Provide Tax, Credit, and Management Information?

Farm Accounting, Farm Finance, Farm taxes, Farm Software

Posted by Becky Wedekind on Sep 13, 2017 8:05:00 AM

There are three primary uses of financial information:

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How Do I Know If My Farm Needs Enterprise Resource Planning Software?

Farm Accounting, Farm Finance, Cost and Revenues

Posted by Harold Birch on Aug 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

There are multiple things to consider when determining whether your farm needs an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. At the core is the question, “How is your farm meeting its obligations today?” This includes obligations to customers, employees, owners, outside entities such as banks, governmental agencies, and auditors, and other stakeholders.

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The Importance of Cross Training in Agricultural Accounting

Farm Accounting

Posted by Carolyn Roberts on Aug 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Does your operation depend on one individual to handle the farm accounting? 

Who in your operation is responsible for your farm accounting? It is one individual or several? Think about each of the various financial tasks and who handles them within your operation:

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How Does Ag Accounting Differ From Business Accounting?

Farm Accounting

Posted by Amanda Fields on Jul 10, 2017 10:21:00 AM

There are a few substantial differences between agricultural accounting and business accounting, specifically when it comes to reporting on the income statement and the balance sheet. For the income statement, most ag accounting is on a cash basis, making it simpler and more straightforward. Business accounting follows accrual methods, which allow entries of revenue and expense in the absence...

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Will Your Farm Secure Financing If 2017 Is a Tough Year?

Farm Accounting, Farm Finance

Posted by Brian Bennett on Jun 22, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Assumptions

How can we talk about whether your farm will be able to secure financing? In order to address this question, keeping in mind that it’s June 2017 at the time of this article’s publication, we’re making the following assumptions:

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What Should My Farm Software Be Doing for Me?

Farm Accounting, Farm Finance

Posted by Val Maeker on May 30, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Farm software should give you the information you need to make major financial decisions.

Examples of major financial decisions for your family farm would include things like a large expansion of the operation, taking on a new partner, producing a new product or commodity, or adopting new technology. Does your current farm software identify strengths or weaknesses in your operation, allowing...

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Farm Accounting Application: Financial vs. Managerial

Farm Accounting

Posted by Chris Whited on May 10, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Building a financially healthy ag business is possible. You just need to find what works for you.

If data isn't driving your behavior, then why are you doing it?

We all have big ambitions when taking over the family farm. We want to jump in and use our skills to build upon what the previous generations have handed down, leaving our own mark for future generations. What do you want to achieve?

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