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7 Strategies for Smart Liquidity Management

Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange

Simply defined, liquidity is having cash or assets on hand to pay bills and expenses. Liquidity is particularly important in agriculture given the unique risks – from fluctuating commodity prices and weather volatility to regulatory constraints — along with the financial characteristics of agricultural businesses, including seasonality, family living needs and capital investment considerations. 

May 21, 2024

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Latest Tax Talk

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Tax Talks
Life Insurance Redemptions Falling Under IRS Scrutiny

In the context of farming business structures, acquiring a life insurance policy is a prevalent practice. Here are two common scenarios and an update on an ongoing Supreme Court case involving the IRS concerning the valuation of businesses when insurance payouts are implicated and whether such proceeds are deemed liabilities or not.

April 11, 2024

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Ag Economy
2023 Northeast Wine Grape Outlook

Our recently published, 2023 Northeast Wine Grape Outlook, written by Hans Walter-Peterson, Senior Viticulture Extension Specialist Cornell Cooperative Extension, reviews recent years of grape production, and a forecast of what is to come for 2023.

March 28, 2023

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Ag Economy
2023 Northeast Apple Industry Outlook

This article takes a deep dive into U.S. apple production, price and export trends in an attempt to unpack a growing concern of many in the industry, what will happen when Washington produces at or near capacity?

March 21, 2023

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Ag Economy
Scallops: The hidden driver of New England’s Fisheries Value

For our 2023 aquatic and commercial fishing outlook, John Sackton, Seafood.com News founder and seafood markets specialist, gives a recap and comparative analysis of the shellfish species contributing to New England Fishery values.  

March 09, 2023

Ag Economy
2023 Outlook for the Forest Products Industry

Forest Economic Advisors, LLC (FEA) examines the forest product markets over the coming year. Rising interest and mortgage rates will most likely cause economic activity to slow in 2023. This is expected to be short lived, however, with optimism on the horizon in 2024. Read the full report. 

February 28, 2023

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