Ag Economy: Trade Uncertainty, Rising Debt Major Factors for 2019 Outlook – CoBank

🕔Jan 23, 2019The U.S. economy is still performing well by most key measures. However, consumers, investors, companies and other market participants have become more wary about the near-term future with seemingly good […]

Ag Economy: Lower Income, Increased Lending, Rising Interest Rates – Kansas City Fed

🕔Jan 22, 2019Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman indicated in a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending“) that, “Rounding out a […]

Ag Economy: Fed Reserve Reports Loan Repayment Decline

🕔Jan 4, 2019An update this week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as a short paper last month from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, provide insight into portions […]

Illinois Farm Finances: Grain Farms in Strong Position Despite Price Downturn

🕔Oct 24, 2018Over time working capital has deteriorated and debt-to-asset ratios have increased on grain farms across the Midwest. Average levels of working capital and debt-to-asset ratios still suggest an overall strong […]

Illinois: Ag Debt Continues to Increase – How Does Your Farm Stand?

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🕔Aug 20, 2018Agricultural debt on a nominal basis in Illinois has been increasing since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) are shown […]

Farm Economy Dip – Soy and Corn Prices – KC Ag Credit Survey

🕔Aug 10, 2018The farm economy in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District dipped in the second quarter of 2018 alongside a sharp drop in the prices of key agricultural commodities. Agricultural credit conditions […]

Farm Lending: Kansas City Fed – Livestock Loans Increased

🕔Jul 25, 2018An update on Friday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Large Loans for Livestock Drive Uptick in Farm Lending,” by Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman) stated that, “Farm lending activity increased […]

Farm Policy: Corn Belt Farmers Uneasy Over Potential Policy Impacts

🕔Jun 6, 2018Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of Tuesday’s Des Moines Register that, “Iowa farmers, battling too much rain, cold — and even snow — this planting season, have a new crop of […]

Decline in Farm Income Slows but Persists – Fed Reserve Bank, Kansas City

🕔May 18, 2018Farm income and credit conditions continued to weaken in the first quarter of 2018, but at a slower pace than in previous quarters. According to the Tenth District Survey of […]

Dealer Financing: What Are Those Interest Rates You’re Paying?

🕔May 17, 2018In a previous article, we estimated that implement dealers provided 27% of the agricultural sector’s long term non-real estate debt in 2016 (farmdoc daily, May 9, 2008). This post examines the […]

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