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Make Time for Planning

By Betty Berning, Extension Educator

There is always a lot to do and it is easy to wonder where time goes.  In the midst of milking cows and making hay, management activities, like working on a transition plan for the farm or writing up an animal welfare policy, are frequently set aside.  That is why it is so important to MAKE time on a regular basis (ideally weekly) to work on these strategic activities.  Just like an exercise program, if you don’t make time for these items, activities that are more urgent will consume your time.  It takes discipline to commit to a regular time to work on management activities.
Management of your business is important.  By carving out time to regularly work on your business’ strategy and goals, you set the course for your farm and can proactively respond to changes.  This can help your farm to survive in the future.
One management task I suggest beginning with is a business plan.  Does your farm have a business plan?  I recommend that every farm have a …
2017 Agricultural Tax Issues Course Locations and dates for Agricultural Tax Issues Course
University of Minnesota Extension is offering an agricultural tax school in late September and early October.  This course targets income tax professionals that work with farmers.  Additionally, this course will benefit agricultural professionals such as agricultural lenders and farm management instructors. The agricultural tax school will be offered in five locations and the course has been approved for eight hours of continuing professional education.
Locations and dates for Agricultural Tax Issues Course:
St. Cloud, Minnesota Tuesday, September 26, 2017 The Tuscan Center 3333 West Division St., Suite 116 St. Cloud, MN 56301
Rochester, Minnesota Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Kahler Apache Hotel and Water Park 1517 16th St. SW Rochester, MN 55902
Marshall, Minnesota Thursday, September 28, 2017 Ramada Inn Conference Center 1500 East College Dr. Marshall, MN 56258
Crookston, Minnesota Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Crook…