Farmland prices are holding strong and experts expect that to continue. For farmers, land is an asset that is always there backing up our businesses. In the long-term, we all like to think that our land will appreciate in value, or at least hold its value. So when I came across an article in The[…]
Knowing when you’re going to sell can save you a lot of stress… and money. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all knew exactly when prices would be at their highest so we could sell our crops at a maximum profit? OK, you can wake up now. The reality is, our farms are a business[…]
A few tips to reduce your chances for injury to neighboring crops. It’s been a hot topic of conversation for the last couple years – dicamba herbicides moving off target and causing injury to neighboring crops whether through sprayer contamination, temperature inversion, spray drift, or volatility. It’s not an easy problem to deal with, and[…]
USDA gives Congress a “road map” to work from. Too often, it seems like Congress is not listening to the people it’s supposed to be representing. So, I took it as a good sign when I read this article about the USDA giving a 4-page “set of principles” to Congress that represents what they have[…]
(Hey – it’s so important I put “Dirt” in the name of my blog!) As farmers, our success starts from the ground up – and that means our soil. When we take good care of it and work it the way it’s meant to be worked, our soil will provide great yields and profitability. But[…]
Farmers: Keep your eye on the Big Eight In the recently tough financial environment for the agriculture industry, we farmers need every advantage we can get. Watching our numbers closely – especially expenses like equipment and labor costs – has become critical. So when I ran across this article in The Progressive Farmer, it really[…]
It’s not great. But it’s not bad either. There are very few things in life that are as uncertain as a government projection, so take this blog post with a grain of salt. In a recent article by Sonja Begemann in The Farm Journal she publishes the five-year price projections for corn and soybeans. The projections[…]
USDA projects rise in net farm income for 2017. Nobody ever said farming was easy. But in the past 4-5 years, it has been even tougher than usual. More than half of all farm households have lost money on farming operations in recent years. Here’s the good news – after a rough 2016, the USDA[…]
Preparing for possible threats to the U.S. food supply (agroterrorism). While they are quick to declare that there are no immediate, credible threats to the U.S. food supply, federal officials are directing additional scrutiny and preparations be checked if such an event would occur. An article in Indiana Prairie Farmer talks about an upcoming joint[…]
A long walk through your corn field might be just what the doctor ordered. Once again, while flipping through Indiana Prairie Farmer (yes, I still enjoy the printed version), I found a great article that I think offers solid advice to all of us growing corn this season. Tom Bechman, an editor at IPF, wrote[…]
I’m Doug Moore. Or “Doug in the Dirt” if you’re reading this.
who's a banker.
Or a banker who’s a farmer, depending on how you want to look at it. I was raised on a farm (pigs/cash grain) and have been involved with farming my whole life. I have a degree in Agriculture Economics from Purdue, I was a member of the FFA, 4-H, and I’ve even judged livestock and meats at competitions at Purdue.
For the past two decades, I’ve been running a small, family farm (corn and soybeans) on part time basis, without quitting my day job – helping other farmers get loans and manage their businesses.
I currently serve as an Ag Lending Officer at Alliance Bank and love what I do. With my farming background, I completely relate to our customers. I know what it takes to put a crop out. And I know how important financing issues can be.
Before this position, I worked in a variety of ag lending positions for many years with Farm Credit Mid-America, and before that I did ag lending with the USDA – Farm Service Agency. Yeah, my whole career has been about ag lending.
On the personal side, my wife Lindsey and I are raising two sons. I’m an avid sports fan (Purdue, Colts, Saints) and I have been a varsity basketball official for 17 years.
If you have ANY questions about ag lending, farming, livestock, basketball, or just want to say hi, drop me a note below.
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