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Cash Cow Farmer does 1 Million Cups

Posted by Scott Anderson on Oct 3, 2015 9:07:00 AM

The founder of Cash Cow Farmer, Scott Anderson, was the keynote speaker at 1 Million Cups in Brookings, SD.  Scott talked about how he founded Cash Cow at a entrepreneurial event called Startup Weekend in Minneapoilis, MN about a year earlier. The farm accounting program was developed because Scott noticed that farmers were having a hard time making money with the recent correction in commodity prices.  The Cash Cow Farmer Program, according to Scott, helps farmers identify their strengths and weeknesses in their operation to help them make better management and grain marketing decisions.
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Topics: Farm Management

The Top 5 Reasons Cash is King

Posted by Scott Anderson on Sep 21, 2015 6:19:00 PM



Whether you’re running a lemonade stand or a 100,000-acre farm, "cash is king". That was, is, and always will be true.

As I’m writing this, the financial markets have just gone through a crazy week. The DOW has turned a loss for the year; the last 5-7 trading days have been losses. With the stock market and commodities down, everyone with money in publicly traded investments seems to be running for the door, converting everything to cash.

There’s really only one way to stand secure while everyone else panics about finance, and that’s having enough cash. In particular, there are five reasons cash will always have its place on a financial throne.

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Topics: Farm Management

Buying Farmland: A Farmer's 3-Part Strategy

Posted by Scott Anderson on Sep 1, 2015 3:19:00 PM

Farmers are always interested in what’s going on in farmland sales, for good reason. It’s a competitive realm: you’re not only competing with the people who farm around you, you’re competing with investors. There are doctors in my area who don’t farm, but they sure are interested in renting it out.

Since it’s an eternally hot topic, I wanted to go over a three-part strategy to buying farmland that I believe can be very useful for anyone looking to make the best land purchase possible.

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Topics: Farm Management

How to Save $50,000+ in Annual Farming Expenses

Posted by Scott Anderson on Aug 16, 2015 4:46:00 PM

It took me a really long time to figure out how to streamline the financial efficiencies on our farming operation.

But here’s the amazing thing about the world today: I can take lessons I’ve learned over most of my life, package them into a blog post or a podcast episode, and deliver them to you free of charge.

The lesson in this case is how to save a lot of money in annual farming expenses. To help you trust that I’m qualified to teach the lesson, you need to know how I came to learn it.

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Topics: Farm Management

Farm Finance: Repair Regulations & Depreciation on Your Farm Assets

Posted by Scott Anderson on Aug 16, 2015 3:21:00 PM


Whether you’re a farmer, a banker, or a hot dog salesman, cash is always king.

But farmers have their own unique challenges when it comes to maintaining the best cash position. When farmers purchase or improve assets, it’s not always apparent whether they should buy with cash or finance those items.

So how do you make the decision between using cash and financing to buy an item?

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Topics: Farm Management

Planting Season Is Over: 3 Ways To Use the Data You Just Collected

Posted by Scott Anderson on Jun 19, 2015 1:23:00 PM

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Planting is the most important part of the farming process.

And with the passing of June 10, planting season is now over for much of the Corn Belt. It was a brutal time, battling Mother Nature. In my area, we even went from drought warnings to flood warnings in a week’s time.

All that pushing---it’s temporarily over. But now you’re looking back to figure out what just happened. Which seeds did you plant where? How do you make sense of it all?

You have a heap of data from planting season: from your tractor, field notes, and so on.

But most farmers only use that data to track the plant date and planted acres of each field. You might not know that what you do with your data makes a tremendous impact on your entire operation.

Follow the three steps below and turn your planting data into valuable insights that will make you more efficient (and profitable) during your next planting season.


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Topics: Farm Management

Farm Finance: 6 Ways to Make Every Field Profitable

Posted by Scott Anderson on May 21, 2015 8:07:00 AM

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"Not all dirt is created equal." (Click to Tweet)

Unfortunately, you can’t produce whatever you want and expect to make money. You have to let the field tell you what it can produce.

Fields even a few miles apart will produce different amounts of rain; soil can change dramatically 100 feet away.

Yes, some fields are sagging your profits. But don’t worry: you can make any field profitable if you handle it right.


Here are six farm finance tips to maximize your profits and ensure that every field is profitable:

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Topics: Farm Management

5 Steps to Building A Grain Marketing Plan

Posted by Scott Anderson on May 11, 2015 11:52:00 AM

That corn has been sitting in bins for two years...

When it was first harvested, it was worth $8 a bushel. You held out a little longer, hoping for a little more value, but today it’s worth $3. The money lost is staggering: if you have a million bushels stored away, you’ve lost the equivalent of about 50 Lamborghini tractors.

That becomes your story when you wait too long to sell.

Bottom line: you need a grain marketing plan. It’s the only way to protect yourself from getting too greedy...

Here are five things you need to do to establish an effective grain marketing plan.


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Topics: Farm Business Tools

How To Make Your 10 Year Old A Multi-Millionaire by 40 and a Multi-Billionaire by 70

Posted by Scott Anderson on Apr 15, 2015 8:45:00 PM

As parents, we are role models for our children and one of the most important lessons we can teach our kids is the value of saving and the art of compounding interest. Whether your a farmer like me, doctor, single parent or anything else; I want to share the following conversation I had with my son about this extremely important lesson.

The other day I was explaining to my 10 year old son about saving his money and the art of compounding.  I told him that if he could make $100 per week he should save half of that money and invest it.  He was not excited about this, of course, but his eyes lit up when I showed him how this $50 per week sacrifice could make him a Multi-Millionaire by the time he was 40 and a Multi-Billionaire by 70.

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Our conversation went a little like this:

Dad: Son, you like playing Call of Duty and your computer right?

Son: Yeah

Dad: Well, Activision (ATVI) which makes those epic games; and Intel (INTC) which makes the processor for your computer are public companies, which means anyone can purchase shares and own a little piece of those companies,  They even pay dividends which is part of the profit they make when you and your buddies buy games and new computers.

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Topics: Investing

7 Proven Strategies to Overcome Low Commodity Prices

Posted by Scott Anderson on Apr 13, 2015 2:59:00 PM

I don’t need to tell you that farms are under a lot of financial pressure right now...

You’re well aware that there’s a huge supply of grain and a great harvest worldwide, and because of that...commodity prices are low. Real low.

But there’s hope...

There are ways to lean up your farming, and we’re about to show you how. We’ve compiled a list of seven proven strategies to help you come out on top, even when commodity prices are low.

At the very least, it’ll make your banker happy  :)


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Topics: Farm Business Tools

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