2011 Farm Business Analysis – The time is now!

by: Dianne Shoemaker, Field Specialist, Dairy Production Economics shoemaker.3@osu.edu      

 Grain prices rocked in 2011 (if you were selling!), and milk prices were pretty nice too, but net farm income will vary from outstanding to poor depending on a number of factors.  Were you selling grain or buying feed being one of the major factors.  How did your farm do?  You surely have a general sense…you were either pre-paying to manage income tax liabilities or that wasn’t an issue…but how did it do by the numbers?

Direct costs, total costs, and net returns per acre, per bushel, per ton of crops grown.  Total cost of production per cwt, feed cost per cwt, net farm income per cow.   These are important numbers for every farm as they monitor individual enterprise profitability, develop and monitor risk management plans, and look for opportunities. 

What was the return on assets? Return on equity?  What were the Farm Financial Standards Council “Legal 21” financial measures?  How did your farm do this year compared to last year? How does your farm stack up against all of your competition?  Against all farms your size?  Against the top 20% of both groups? 

Need help answering all of these questions?  Completing your farm’s financial analysis for 2011 using the FINAN with enterprise analysis program is an organized and effective way of getting those answers done each year…with the added benefit of a growing state, regional and national database for benchmarking.

Through grant funding from the National Farm Benchmarking project, we are able to offer a full 2011 FINAN financial analysis, including enterprise analysis to 100+ farms.  Field crop, dairy, livestock, poultry and horticultural crop farms are welcome to participate.  Analyses will be completed by either Extension or Farm Business Consultants who previously worked with the Farm Business Planning and Analysis program. 

Participants in the project will work with their Extension Educator or Farm Business Consultant to complete their farm’s analysis by May 2012.  Maintaining each farm’s confidentiality is critical and farm analyses are coded before submission to the database where data is only shared as group data so individual farms are never identifiable.

In July,Ohio’s farms are invited to participate in a meeting to reviewOhio’s farm business summary and learn how to use their individual farm’s analysis,Ohio’s data and the national database to enhance their farm’s financial and risk management.

We invite and encourage you to participate inOhio’s 2011 Farm Business Summary.  This is a prime opportunity with the benchmarking grant covering the $600 per farm cost of analysis.  Questions?  Contact Dianne Shoemaker at (330) 533-5538 to discuss this opportunity. 

Extension and Financial Analysis Consultants who can help you with this project include:

Dianne Shoemaker MahoningCountyExtension 330-533-5538 shoemaker.3@osu.edu
Ann Gano McCleary Keeping Tabs, Inc 330-339-7511 agano@bright.net
Thomas Weygandt Farm Consulting 330-465-8019 tweyg@embarqmail.com
Don Garrett Ag Data Solutions 937-286-0407 don@agdatasolutions.com
Tom Ackerman Farm & Sm Bus Consulting, LLC 937-382-4760 tackerman32@gmail.com
Eric Barrett WashingtonCountyExtension 740-376-7431 barrett.90@osu.edu
Chris Bruynis RossCountyExtension 740-702-3200 bruynis.1@cfaes.osu.edu
Bruce Clevenger DefianceCountyExtension 419-782-4771 clevenger.10@osu.edu
Jeff McCutcheon MorrowCountyExtension 419-947-1070 mccutcheon.30@osu.edu
Heather Neikirk PortageCountyExtension 330-296-6432 neikirk.2@osu.edu
Jon Rausch UnionCountyExtension 937-644-8117 rausch.7@osu.edu


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