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My last few columns have been focused on life insurance and just how invaluable it can be as a financial tool to properly fund a well-rounded and complete estate plan. Specifically survivorship life insurance, as it by far provides the lowest cost means of guaranteeing the liquidity needed t…

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There is an epidemic of obesity in the United States. As people get older, their risk for diabetes and diabetes-associated complications will expand like their waistlines. The average weight of 5’9 men in 1960 was 166lbs. It is now 195lbs. The average weight of 5’4 women in 1960 was 140lbs a…

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BROOKINGS — Producers and supporters of local foods are invited to register for the 2018 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) and Local Foods Showcase Social Event. This regional event will provide educational sessions, tours, and networking opportunities focused on marketing, product…

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Some time ago I wrote an article advising those of you in the agricultural to monitor your own financial condition and not to rely on the lender to perform this function for you. Over the past couple of years I have been working with troubled credit situations in several states, and have fou…

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YANKTON, S.D. – Value Added Agriculture Center Day was held Aug. 30 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, S.D. This event, hosted by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center (VAADC) provided an opportunity for producers of specialty and niche foods to showcase their products to over…

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Rain events during September and October have created challenging conditions not only for timely harvest of corn and soybean crops but also for the impact harvest will have on the soil. These wet conditions coupled with a drop in air temperature will slow harvest operations. Soils are too we…