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Thursday, May 27, 2010 Farm Tri-County News • Kimball, MN How can other farmers afford that? By Paul Filzen, it is optimism, differences in over- Ridgewater College Farm Business Management A frequent question I hear from farmers is "How do my neigh- bors do it? How and why do they pay more for land rent, buy new machinery or afford that new quar- ter of land?" It is a legitimate ques- tion, with multiple answers. One answer may be that some farmers never keep track of their costs or look at an enterprise analysis. They do not know their real costs of pro- duction or even which enterprises are profitable. A second answer may be that some are doing it by going into deeper debt every year. They may have done the same thing in the late 70&apos;s early 80's and forgot how that worked out. Another pos- sibility is that some have no debt on their current farmland and are using the gains earned on low- or no-debt owned land to subsidize high-rent land. Perhaps your neighbor is°an eternal optimist who believes that $8 wheat, $5 corn and $12 soybeans are just around the corner. Whether head expenses, off farm income, better marketing decisions, or any combination of reasons, do .not let your neighbors influence your busi- ness decisions. My job as a farm business management instructor is to educate farmers on their actual costs of production. If you are in a farm business management pro- gram take a close look at your farm analysis and use the enterprise analysis to make your decisions. If you know your costs of pro- duction and know your break-even prices, you can do a better job of planning for the future and maybe pay more for your rented land, or even make the educated decision not to pay more for rent. If you need help doing a farm analysis and fig- uring your true break even, contact your local farm business manage- ment instructor. For more informa- tion about the Minnesota State Col- leges and Universities Farm Busi- ness Management Education Pro- gram,.please view the FBM website <>. 2010 CSP sign-up open thru June 11 Stearns County producers can sign up for the Conservation Stew- ardship Program (CSP) at the Nat- ural Resources Conservation Ser- vice (NRCS) office in Waite Park until June 11. CSP is a voluntary program that encourages producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional practices to their operations. The program is popular for producers who go the extra mile with conservation and sustainable operations - whether they've accomplished goals on their own, with other conserva- tion partners, or through USDA and NRCS pr6grams. NRCS District Conservation- ist David Rose recommends that producers who have considered applying for CSP should get signed up and submit the required docu- mentation as soon as possible. "If you've heard about the new CSP and talked with other local pro- ducers, or read about others involved with it, nowis the time to roll up your sleeves and get your conservation operation on the list of those recog- nized for a quality conservation com- mitment," explains Rose. "It's impor- .tant that you get your application and paperwork submitted so you can be part of the 2010 CSP ranking period and funding cycle. CSP is the perfect program because it recognizes pro- ducers who do the right things and it moves them forward as they add new resource protection practices on their land," Rose adds. ' Minnesota State Conservation- ist Don Baloun confirms NRCS teams across the state are ready to work with producers and start the process. NRCS recommends you schedule an appointment to com- plete the application process. The U.S. Department of Agri- culture (USDA) prohibits dis- crimination in all its programs and activities o.n the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. While CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, only applications received by the national cutoff date of June 11 will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2010. For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, contact the NRCS Field Office located in Waite Park, or call (320) 251-7800, Ext. 3. Page 11 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII 11111 West Central Dairy Days Cattle Show June 11 The West Central Dairy Days Cattle Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Ages 5-19 (as of Jan. 1) can exhibit. There are classes for all six dairy breeds plus cross-breeds, Junior and Grand Champion Overall, plus Junior and Senior Showman- ship. 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