Archive for November, 2017

The Farm Economy

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As the seasons change, so comes another harvest nearing an end. After harvest, many farmers will start to compile their farm records, perform year-end tax planning and plan for the upcoming year. The farm economy has seen its share of challenges and farmers continue to search for ways to remain viable after multiple years of declining profitability.

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Citizens Bank Minnesota is hosting a seminar with nationally known speaker, Dr. Michael Boehlje, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. He previously held faculty and administrative positions at Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. Dr. Michael Boehlje has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions.

The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of economics, finance and strategy to solve problems of farm and agribusiness managers. A major theme of Dr. Michael Boehlje’s research, writing and lecturing for the past 10 years has been the importance of strategic planning and thinking, and positioning the firm for long term viability and success.

The following are a few of his recommendations he calls “Elements of Best in Class”:

1. Intense Cost Control
-Efficiency/productivity is critical
-Know your cost components per unit sold

2. Margin Management
-Know your costs of production
-Know your margins

3. Execution
-Timely operations
-Details, details, details

4. Buying Right
-Compare supplier offers
-Consider repairing rather than replacing

5. Managing Operating Risk
-Technology performance –pest control, fertility effectiveness/loss, seed selection
-Marketing/pricing of inputs and products
-Government programs and crop insurance participation

6. Debt/Capital Management
-Maintain working capital
-Reduce capital expenditures
-Don’t surprise your lender

7. Simplification/Automation
-Complexity creates confusion/mistakes

8. Do Fewer Things Better
-What is your hedgehog –what do you do better than anyone else?
-Focus and intensify

9. Data Management
-Collect efficiently
-Capture the insights
-Think carefully

Citizens understands the uncertainties of agribusiness and can help you plan your operation throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming seminar featuring Dr. Michael Boehlje! Watch for more information about the seminar coming out soon!

By: Scott Tauer, Vice President – Loan Officer

https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/Pages/Faculty-Staff/Boehlje.aspx

“THE FARM ECONOMY AND THE FUTURE OF AG LENDING” by Michael Boehlje
Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University and Senior Associate Centrec Consulting. West Lafayette, Indiana, August 7, 2017.

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Citizens Travels One of Europe’s Most Legendary Rivers – The Rhine River

A group of 72 travelers from Citizens Bank Minnesota recently returned from a nine-day cruise on one of Europe’s most legendary rivers – the Rhine. They began their journey in Switzerland and had an overnight stay in beautiful Lucerne before boarding their riverboat for a cruise up the Rhine River. They saw the magnificent sights along the way of Mount Pilatus, the Black Forest, gothic cathedrals, beautiful castles and sailed through the dramatic Rhine Gorge  just to name a few. The group enjoyed a picturesque cruise and was blessed with beautiful fall weather with temperatures above average for the time of year. The countries visited were Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Thanks to all the great travelers who made the trip amazing!

Traveler comments:

“It was a spectacular trip, well planned out. Thanks to all of you for a job so well done!” -Mary

“What a great trip!” – JoAnne

If you are interested in traveling with Citizens to Alaska in June 2018 or Australia/New Zealand in February 2019, please contact Jean Geistfeld for more information at 507-276-2406.

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