Ag Economy: Federal Reserve April 2018 Beige Book Report

🕔Apr 20, 2018On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its April 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

DTN Ag Confidence Survey: U.S. Farmers and Agribusiness Response Surprising

🕔Apr 3, 2018Nationwide, U.S. farmers have become positive about both their current situation and their future, pushing the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index to its third highest level ever. The overall […]

Ag Economy Barometer: Ag Trade Concerns Driving Sentiment Lower

🕔Apr 3, 2018The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer slipped to 135 in March, down 5 points compared to February, but unchanged from January’s results (Figure 1). The decline in the sentiment index, […]

Trade Worries Taint Farm Economy Outlook

🕔Apr 2, 2018A recent report from CoBank pointed out that trade worries are clouding the economic outlook for U.S. farmers and ranchers.  And, a recent report from Purdue University demonstrates that potential trade retaliation measures on […]

Ag Economy: Farmland Values and Off-Farm Income

🕔Mar 20, 2018Today’s update looks briefly at recent news items that highlight current information on farmland values.  In addition, key parts of a recent Wall Street Journal article that focused on the […]

Ag Economy: Farmers Still Caught in Economic Squeeze

🕔Mar 13, 2018A news release last week from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, “The latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from […]

Farm Debt: How Sensitive Is the Farm Sector to Rising Interest Rates?

🕔Mar 12, 2018This article was originally run in CHOICES Magazine and can be found at the Source Link below the article. Recent farm sector trends, including rising debt and declining income, have […]

Will Rising Interest Rates Lead to Intensifying Risks for Agriculture?

🕔Mar 9, 2018To encourage economic recovery, the Federal Reserve responded to the Great Recession by slashing interest rates and engaging in monetary easing. Short-term interest rates were pulled down and held near […]

Ag Economy Barometer: Producer Sentiment Improves; Uncertainty About NAFTA Looms

🕔Mar 6, 2018The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer moved higher again in February. At 140 points, producer sentiment, which is based on monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country, […]

Ag Economy: Land Values, Value of Production, and Number of Farms

🕔Mar 2, 2018Today’s update looks briefly at recent publications from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  These reports give additional insight into the state of […]

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