2019 FINPACK Annual Update

The 2019 FINPACK annual update is here.  Each year there are enhancements and updates to the FINPACK software.  In 2019, you’ll notice there are some important updates and new features to take note of.  Let’s take a look at What’s New.

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FINPACK 2019 Webinars

The FINPACK Team will host two webinars related to what’s new in the 2019 FINPACK annual update. Attend the webinars live or watch the recordings when convenient. You can also learn more about the annual update here.

Webinar #1 – FINPACK for Agriculture 2019 Updates

  • Topic:  Updates to Agricultural credit analysis tools in FINPACK.
  • Description:  We’ve already heard users say, “What, Legacy Projections are gone!?!?” This webinar will touch on all updates to FINPACK for Agriculture for 2019. We will focus on accessing Legacy Cash Flow Projections for viewing and copying into the new Projection tool.  We will also highlight other recent updates to cash flow projections including the financial scorecard and burn rates. In addition, we will look at importing / exporting balance sheet detail; period end dates in tax forms / income statements; and energy corrected milk in FINAN. There will be time to answer user questions as well.
  • When:  Monday, November 18th, 12 pm (central time).
  • To join go to z.umn.edu/finpackag.

Webinar #2 – FINPACK for Commercial 2019 Updates

  • Topic:  Updates to Commercial credit analysis tools in FINPACK.
  • Description:  This webinar will highlight the other enhancements to FINPACK with the 2019 annual release.  This includes importing and exporting detail in the balance sheet; period end dates in tax forms / income statements; and the Statement of Equity and Cash Drivers reports in C & I Business Analysis. There will be time to answer user questions as well.
  • When:  Wednesday, December 4th, 12 pm (central time).
  • To join go to z.umn.edu/finpackcommercial.

** Simply join the webinars at the designated times. There is no preregistration or password required.

Handling Fluctuating Values of Ag Co-op Stock

Our FINPACK support team recently received this question:

“What is the proper way to handle Ag Co-op stock in a balance sheet in which the stock, such as sugar beets, changes in value from year-to-year?”

With harvest underway and the 2019 analysis soon to follow, we feel it is a good time to clarify the proper way to handle this unique situation. The problem is that this change in market values can have an effect on the analysis in FINAN, especially the net farm income since the accrual adjustments take the value change into account. To avoid this problem, you can do one of the following two options:

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Prevented Plant Cash Flow Projections

Challenging production years lead to abnormally high levels of prevented plant acres.  When this occurs, many revisit cash flow projections completed earlier in the year to consider the impact of prevented plant acres, including the addition of cover crop plantings.  The following provides recommendations and considerations when working through cash flow projection updates for prevented plantings.

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Mid-Year Monitoring

Cash Flow Monitoring WorksheetSomehow, we are already halfway through the year.  Periodic monitoring of projections that worked earlier this year may prevent surprises or problems later.  Now is a great time to use the cash flow monitoring worksheet to review how the monthly cash flow projection you completed compares to what has actually happened.  This tool is available for both of the monthly projection versions, with or without budgets.  Generating the cash flow monitoring worksheet is done in the cash flow plan that you wish to monitor.  Using this feature allows for timely monitoring of customer progress during the year.  And, if needed, adjustments to the cash flow plan can be made based on the actual data received.   [Read more…]

MN Crop Land Rental Rates Continue Downward Trend

Over the last five years, the average land rental rates across Minnesota have declined by twelve percent. This includes a one year decline from 2017 to 2018 of 1.6%. This information is based on weighted average data from the FINBIN farm financial database. The Cropland Rental Rates publication has recently been updated and includes detailed information for each Minnesota county over the last five years.

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The Impact of 5%

Each year as you work with customers you encourage them to set goals.  Undoubtedly, some of these goals revolve around financial management.  Within your credit analysis review, you are looking at the past financial performance of the individual farm or business operation.  In this process, you likely look at their individual trend performance and may also benchmark this against their peers.  Hopefully, the customer has also taken the time to evaluate their financial position and talks to you as their lender about the business goals they’ve set.  These may be things like, “Reduce fertilizer costs”, “Improve marketing”, “Improve yields”, “Improve profit margins”, etc. 

Have you ever considered with your customers the impact these relatively small changes actually have on the business?  I suggest challenging businesses to work to improve their margin management by 5%.  It may seem like a simple task, improving gross income and decreasing operating expenses by 5%.  But, this 5% improvement can have a significant impact on a business in any given year.  And then, think of the impact over the customer’s career!

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Dairy Revenue Protection as a strategy to stabilize dairy revenue

Dairy Margin Coverage

Dairy Revenue Protection (RP) is a new tool available to dairy producers which can be used in conjunction with the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.  RP provides protection against an unexpected decline in revenue (price and/or yield) on the milk produced from dairy cows on a quarterly basis. There are five choices a farmer must decide on when enrolling in Dairy RP: 1) method to value milk (class or component), 2) Amount of quarterly milk to cover, 3) Coverage level for revenue guarantee, 4) Protection Factor, and 5) which quarterly contracts to purchase.

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2018 FINBIN Report on MN Farm Finances

Minnesota farmers continued to struggle with low prices and low profitability. Median net income was $26,055 in 2018, down 8%. After adjusting for inflation, Minnesota farms earned the lowest median farm income of the 23 years included in FINBIN. The economic pain was widespread; median incomes were $31,000 or lower for all of Minnesota’s major commodity farms; crop, dairy, pork and beef producers. Not every operation struggled though. Across all farms, the farms earning the highest net incomes, those in the top 20%, earned an average of $184,000. Those in the lower 20% lost almost ($72,000).  View the 2018 FINBIN Report on Minnesota Farm Finances to learn more about the financial health of the state’s agriculture industry.

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Dairy Margin Coverage and how it may help your borrowers

By: Joleen Hadrich, Associate Professor, Extension Economist

Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) is a voluntary federal program available to dairy farms across the country, which can be used to help stabilize dairy farm revenue.  DMC replaces the previous Margin Protection Program (MPP).  DMC makes payments to enrolled farms when the national average income over feed cost margin falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. A number of coverage levels are available for dairy farmers with varying premium rates. 

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