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Profitability

Returning Customer Value through Patronage Dividends

Andrew Grant

For the past 28 years, Farm Credit East has returned a share of its earnings to customers in the form of patronage dividends – a benefit of cooperative ownership. In fact, since the patronage program was first adopted, customer-owners of Farm Credit East (and predecessor cooperatives) have received more than $1.4 billion in dividends from ownership of their cooperative. But what exactly is a patronage dividend? 

February 27, 2024

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Latest Tax Talk

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Tax Talks
What you Need to Know about Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting for your Business

Starting January 1, 2024, most United States (U.S.) entities must report information about the beneficial owners of their businesses to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. financial system by making it harder for illicit actors to use shell companies to launder their money or hide assets. This blog article explores the key elements of the BOI reporting rule and what actions your business needs to take. 

January 18, 2024

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Crop Insurance
Crop Insurance and Succession Planning

The importance of succession planning for farmers cannot be overstated. Without a well-thought-out succession plan, the future of the farm and the livelihoods of those who depend on it are at risk. Succession planning can help ensure the family farm remains operational and productive, the farm's legacy is preserved, and the family's financial future is secure. 

July 18, 2023

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Business Tips and Tools
The Rise of Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens is nothing new. However, a less common practice that has recently started gaining popularity are backyard chickens. More and more people are opting to raise chickens for eggs in their own backyard. Before you jump in, here are a few important things to consider when evaluating whether backyard chickens are for you.

 

July 12, 2023

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Tax Talks
Tax Legislation Update

The House Ways and Means Committee recently announced The American Families and Jobs Act, which includes three bills (H.R. 3936, H.R. 3937, and H.R. 3938) that could impact farmers.

July 06, 2023

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Ag Economy
Celebrating National Dairy Month

It’s National Dairy Month, and we couldn’t let the month of June pass by without recognizing the region’s largest agricultural sector — the dairy industry. Dairy and related processing constitute the top agricultural sector in the region, with more than $18.7 billion in direct sales, $34.6 billion in total economic impact and more than 120,000 jobs supported.

June 26, 2023

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