Flooding Brings Additional Concerns for Struggling Ag Economy Mar 28, 2019

🕔Mar 28, 2019
A 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, 2019

🕔Mar 25, 2019
Today’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, 2019

🕔Mar 21, 2019
Iowa 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, 2019

🕔Mar 5, 2019
The 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, 2019

🕔Jan 23, 2019
The 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, 2019

🕔Jan 22, 2019
Nathan 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, 2019

🕔Jan 4, 2019
An 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, 2018

🕔Oct 24, 2018
Over 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? Aug 20, 2018

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🕔Aug 20, 2018
Agricultural 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, 2018

🕔Aug 10, 2018
The 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 […]

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