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Kent Kraft has authored several articles about farming, visit these posts below, which were featured in Home & Lifestyles magazine, Springfield, Illinois edition.

 

Why Pay Farmers to Not Farm?

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Well, we don’t anymore. We used to, although only partially, and it made for a lot of envious jokes from non-farmers who thought getting paid to not work was a pretty good gig. Some people still think farmers can get paid to not grow corn or wheat, which is no longer true.

Pay Dirt or Dirt Poor?

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This article is about dirt. The term is mostly derogatory, so some agriculturists prefer to use the word soil. But, there is juxtaposition: you can go from being dirt poor to being wealthy if you hit pay dirt. So, sometimes dirt is good, especially if you own some in Central Illinois.

Invest In Farmland

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You are probably comfortable with having real estate as part of your investment portfolio. You might consider your home to be part of that portfolio, or maybe you own a time-share or rental condo or office. Perhaps one of your mutual funds owns a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). But own farmland? “Why?” you ask. After all, isn’t the phrase, “He bought the farm” a bad thing?1 Well, how about a total annual return of 10.4% over the last 20 years?

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Every farm is unique and every farm owner is unique. Kent and Rob make sure they understand both the land and the landowner so their clients receive a tailored level of management service that best fits both.

A land seller needs to know what their property is worth. Kent and Rob either know or can find out what price comparable properties have sold for and suggest a marketing strategy.

Some landowners think they don't need full professional management. Perhaps they have experience both in agriculture and in business, but don't have experience with a particular issue, or the time to devote to solving a problem.