Author Archives: Dennis Kauppila

About Dennis Kauppila

I work with farmers on finances. I started with UVM Extension in 1983, and have worked with hundreds of farmers on issues ranging from starting a farm, how to get a loan, leasing a farm, understanding farm finances, to retiring from farming. I teach 1 or 2 courses for farmers each winter. I am working with several farmers now on business plans, and I continue to work with many farmers on balance sheets and budgeting.

‘Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities,’ new book from USDA-SARE

by Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension Here’s a new edition of the book, ‘Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A guide to federal programs for sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development.’ It was just updated in October, … Continue reading

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Farm Insurance

Thinking about farm insurance is often an easy topic to put to the side and try to remember to think about sometime next week. The main purpose of any insurance is to protection from a catastrophic financial loss. Risk and … Continue reading

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Ireland – Recent Entrants Training

Last week I had the pleasure of bringing 3 colleagues from Ireland’s extension service around Vermont. I studied last year with James, Fintan and Kevin, financial management specialists, when I was on sabbatical study leave in Ireland. Not surprisingly, farm … Continue reading

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Soils Influence Purchase of Development Rights

Development rights are one of the rights in the ‘bundle of rights’ that we have when we own a parcel of land. Selling the development rights is a way to bring down the cost of land to a buyer, like … Continue reading

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Farm Record Keeping– Options, options, options

Financial record-keeping involves two tasks:  Recording and Reporting.  Ledger books like the New England Farm Account Book can provide a good place for recording, but to make a report you have to transfer numbers from one page to another.  However, … Continue reading

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