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USDA Updates Provide Snapshot of Farm Economy Variables

USDA Updates Provide Snapshot of Farm Economy Variables

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 8, 2017

Last week, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released three important updates that provide current insight into the state of the U.S. agricultural economy.  The releases focused on land values, cash rents, and production expenditures. Meanwhile, USDA’s Economic Research Service

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Farm Credit: Interest Rates and the Cost of Short-Term Borrowing

Farm Credit: Interest Rates and the Cost of Short-Term Borrowing

👤By Todd Kuethe and Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois Ag Economists 🕔Jul 21, 2017

In June, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the interest rate on overnight deposits (the discount rate) 25 basis points to 1.75%, mirroring similar rate increases in March 2017 and December 2016. The long-run expectations of FOMC members

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Tennessee: Mid-South Ag Finance Conference, Martin, Aug. 9

Tennessee: Mid-South Ag Finance Conference, Martin, Aug. 9

👤By Chuck Danehower, University of Tennessee 🕔Jun 30, 2017

Producers in Tennessee and surrounding states will want to mark their calendar for Wednesday, August 9, 2017 for the Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. This annual conference will once again be held in the Boling University Center on the campus of

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Farm Business: Taking Stock of Your Finances with DuPont Financial Analysis Model

Farm Business: Taking Stock of Your Finances with DuPont Financial Analysis Model

👤By Danny Klinefelter, DTN Farm Business Adviser 🕔Jun 21, 2017

Most farmers that do look at their financial ratios analyze either their trends over time or relative to benchmarks; e.g., their own history, published numbers, other farmers or their lender’s standards. All of these are useful, but it’s also helpful

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Illinois Grain: Closeup Look at Power and Equipment Costs on a Per Acre Basis

Illinois Grain: Closeup Look at Power and Equipment Costs on a Per Acre Basis

👤By Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab, and Bradley Zwilling, University of Illinois 🕔Jun 19, 2017

With tightening margins and lower crop prices, producers are looking for ways to cut costs. In this article, we will look at power and equipment costs components, how they vary by farm size and the impact on profitability. In 2004,

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South Dakota Crops: In 2017, Every Bushel Matters. Every Penny Counts.

South Dakota Crops: In 2017, Every Bushel Matters. Every Penny Counts.

👤By Alvaro Garcia, South Dakota State University 🕔Jun 7, 2017

It seems this year will be another challenging one for agriculture in South Dakota and the nation overall. In reality it might not be strikingly different from the three previous ones albeit with maybe somewhat tighter margins. US agriculture is

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Illinois: Modest Income Levels Projected for Grain Farms in 2017

Illinois: Modest Income Levels Projected for Grain Farms in 2017

👤By Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois 🕔Jun 2, 2017

Listen to MP3 podcast In recent weeks, soybean prices have decreased, causing prospects for 2017 net incomes to decrease as well. At current fall-time delivery prices and trend yields, 2017 net incomes on grain farms would be near $25,000 per

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Kansas Net Farm Income Rebounds, but Ag Economy Continues to Slump

Kansas Net Farm Income Rebounds, but Ag Economy Continues to Slump

👤By Mary Lou Peter, Kansas State University 🕔May 24, 2017

Kansas average net farm income rebounded somewhat last year to $43,161 from a dismal stretch the previous year when income fell to $6,744 – the lowest in 30 years. The improvement in 2016 was supported by higher crop yields and

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North Dakota Farm Performance Rebounds in 2016

North Dakota Farm Performance Rebounds in 2016

👤By Kelli Armbruster, North Dakota State University 🕔May 23, 2017

North Dakota’s farm financial performance exceeded expectations in 2016. The average net farm income of 531 farms in the North Dakota Farm Business Management Program rebounded to $126,752 in 2016, compared with $28,600 in 2015, which was the lowest in

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Farm Economy: Federal Reserve Ag Surveys Provide Updated Look

Farm Economy: Federal Reserve Ag Surveys Provide Updated Look Updated

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔May 15, 2017

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City each released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the first quarter of this year.  Today’s update provides a brief overview of yesterday’s

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