Ag Economy: Pressure on Farm Finances Likely to Continue

🕔Apr 9, 2019A news release yesterday from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, “Pressure on farm finances appears likely to continue according to […]

Farm Credit Strong Despite Ag Headwinds – DTN

🕔Apr 3, 2019From a federal perspective, the Farm Credit Administration is as prepared as it can be to help farmers weather the current challenging economic times from continually declining farm income and […]

Ag Hearing – House Appropriations Subcommittee on Rural Economy

🕔Apr 3, 2019On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a hearing titled, “The Rural Economy.”  Today’s updates provides a brief recap of some of the issues that were discussed at […]

Grower Sentiment Drifts Lower On Concerns About Future – Ag Barometer

🕔Apr 2, 2019The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in March to a reading of 133 down from 136 a month earlier. Increasing concerns about future economic conditions drove the barometer lower as […]

Flooding Brings Additional Concerns for Struggling Ag Economy

🕔Mar 28, 2019A Reuters news article this week stated that, “Frustration is building across farm country at what feels like a never-ending season of bad news.”  And an update from the Federal […]

Farmland Values and Debt: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska

🕔Mar 25, 2019Today’s update looks briefly at how relatively steady farmland values are impacting farm financial variables, and then discusses recent developments relating to farmland values in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. Background At USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook […]

Farm Crisis? It Depends On Who You Ask, Who You Are – DTN

🕔Mar 21, 2019Iowa attorney Joe Peiffer spent the latter half of February helping some of his clients try to restructure debt and get operating loans for 2019 after these farmers found out […]

Farmer Sentiment Weakens; Increasing Marketing Concerns – Ag Barometer

🕔Mar 5, 2019The Ag Economy Barometer weakened slightly in February, declining 7 points to a reading of 136 compared to 143 a month earlier. The modest decline puts the barometer back near […]

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 […]

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