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Dennis Stein, Saginaw Valley District Farm Management Educator, Emeritus 

My goal is to offer support to clientele regarding issues such as:   Farm Financial Management, Farm Business Planning, Tax Management, Custom Work Rates & Machine Costs, Cost of Production, Budgets, Estate and Transition Planning, Commodity Marketing and Human Resource/ Labor Management.

Farm Business Financial Management
(Information on Land Rent, Commodity Budgets, Risk Management issues)

     Farm Business Plan
      PA116 Information

Crop & Livestock Enterprise  Budgets

2019 Estimated Crop Budget - Machine Cost High Yield vs 19.01.15 (excel)  (pdf)
2019 Estimated Crop High Yield Budget  vs 19.01.15  (excel)   (pdf)

2019 Estimated Crop Budget - Machine Cost Average Yield vs 19.01.18  ( pdf.)
2019 Estimated Crop Average Yield Budget  vs 19.01.18  (pdf)
2018 Estimated Crop Budget - Machine Cost vs 18.12.01 (pdf)
2018 Estimated Crop Average Yield Budget  vs 18.12.01 (pdf)

        Dennis Stein's Thumb Ag Day presentation Dec 13, 2017
         Making Todays Production Costs fit todays market! - pdf of slide handouts

                  Link to Michigan State University Extension 's Events webpage

              2018-19 MSU Extension Winter Ag Meetings 01-14-19 (pdf)
               Please take note that the above file is a work in will be updated through out the Winter months.
               Meetings will be removed and added. Please check the Red Calendar as of Date is the upper right corner to make
               sure you have the  most recent version.

2017 Crop Budget Simulation Template  vs 17.04.18  (pdf)
2017 Crop Budget - Machine Cost Simulation Template  vs 17.04.20  (pdf)
2016 Crop Budget Simulation Template  vs 06.12.16  (pdf)
2016 Crop Budget - Machine Cost Simulation Template  vs 06.12.16 (pdf)
2015 Crop Budget Simulation Template  vs 08.15 (pdf)
2015 Crop Budget - Machine Cost Simulation Template  vs 08.15 (pdf)
2014 Crop Budget Simulation Template  vs  04.14 (pdf)
2014 Crop Budget - Machine Cost Simulation Template  vs 04.14  (pdf)    
2013 Crop Budget Simulation Template vs 010.13(pdf)
2013 Crop Budget - Machine Cost Simulation Template vs 04.14 (pdf)
      Commodity Marketing

        As of October 9, 2017,  the Commodity Maketing Update  sessions have been cancelled.  

2019 Custome Machine and Work Rate Estimates - June 2019  (pdf)

2018 Custom Machine and Work Rate Estimates - July 2018

2017 Custom Machine and Work Rate Estimates - November 9, 2016 (pdf)

   RENT:  Land, Building & Machinery Rental Agreements & Contracts
     - Rental Arrangements, worksheets and information related to land, buildings/facilities & machinery rentals
            2010-2016  Thumb Area Summary of Land Values and Land Rents  
               (pdf-  extracted from Michigan Land Values & Leasing Rates -Rpt # 649)

           2017- 2011 USDA Farm Land Rental Summary for Select Counties  NASS-USDA survey (pdf)
         2018 MSU Farm Land Value & Farm Land Rent Report (pdf)

        2016 USDA - NASS Michigan Cash Rent County Estimates Report (pdf ) 8 pages

  Irrigation System Capital Budget   (excel)(pdf)
      Human  -Resources Labor Issues
Important Information:  
All farms will be impacted by "Waters of the U.S."
watch this webinar to get an overview picture.
    (pdf with links)
       Estate  & Farm Transition Planning

  Oil & Gas Leasing Information for Landowners
  Wind Energy and Landowner Info Wind Farm Leasing & Development
      Pricing Immature Corn Silage & Earlage
      Black, Rust & Stein    Aug. 2013                                                      
              Landowners Consideration in Leasing for a Windfarms, (pdf)  Osecola Co. 1/2/14  
Resources:      Landowner information:                             Extension resources             
2014 ARC Payment calculator (excel)        

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program  (NAP
NAP Insurance tool:
  Annie's  Project              New for 2013
Farm business management for women engaged in agriculture or part of farm families.
 Additional information can be found on the Farm Information Resource
Management  (FIRM) team's web page.  Click here to go to their web page.
or for MSU Extension's Farm Bill web page click here.
   Tax Info and Tax Planning & Management Information Pagefist of money
     2017 Tax Planning - Tax Management Tips for Farmers  (pdf)
                  Form for Estimating 2017 Income Tax Liability  (pdf)
                   2017 Depreciation

                            District Farm Business & Risk Management programs             
  Dairy Situation 2015

Telfarm Website
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FIRM Team 
Product Center

MSU Product 
Center Website

National Agricultural Statistics Service
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Chicago Board 
of Trade 
Dairy Report
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Chicago Board 
of Trade 
Michigan Agricultural Weather
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2016 TARE Field Trials ( 4.1MB pdf file) Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Saginaw, Sanilac & Tuscola Counties

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 Dennis Stein
District Farm  Business  / Risk Management
Extension Educator, Emeritus

Caro, Michigan 48723-1998

phone:  (989) 550-4740 


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