Farmer Sentiment Plummets as Coronavirus Concerns Rise – Ag Barometer Apr 7, 2020

🕔Apr 7, 2020
The Ag Economy Barometer plummeted in March, dipping 47 points (28%) from a month earlier to a reading of 121. The point drop was the largest one-month fall in the life of […]

Corn Belt Economic Prospects “Dimmed” by Coronavirus Mar 23, 2020

🕔Mar 23, 2020
Wall Street Journal writers Jacob Bunge, Kirk Maltais, and Jesse Newman reported on Saturday that, “The new coronavirus is dealing another blow to the struggling U.S. agricultural sector, driving down crop and […]

Farm Finances: Focus on Costs, Increase Liquidity Mar 20, 2020

🕔Mar 20, 2020
Economic turmoil sparked by the COVID-19 virus means agricultural producers now more than ever, should do what they can to control costs and increase liquidity, according to agricultural economist Brian […]

Farming: 6 Possible Impacts of COVID-19 Mar 19, 2020

🕔Mar 19, 2020
The World Health Organization now considers the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a pandemic. The rapidly evolving situation is raising questions throughout the U.S. The stock market has taken a […]

Ag Economy: Observations from the Federal Reserve Beige Book – Feb. Mar 11, 2020

🕔Mar 11, 2020
Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its February 2020 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Farmer Sentiment Index Pushes to All-Time High – Ag Barometer Mar 3, 2020

🕔Mar 3, 2020
The Ag Economy Barometer rose slightly compared to a month earlier, with a reading of 168 in February, just one point higher than in January. The one-point rise in the […]

Corn, Soybeans: USDA Ag Projections to 2029 Feb 18, 2020

🕔Feb 18, 2020
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 10-year projections for the food and agricultural sector.  The report noted that, “While agricultural crop prices are tending to trend upwards only slowly in […]

Stronger Farmland Values Support Farm Economy Feb 18, 2020

🕔Feb 18, 2020
Strength in farm real estate markets provided support to the agricultural sector amid ongoing financial challenges. According to the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions, nonirrigated cropland values and […]

Expectations for Improved Trade Sends Farmer Sentiment Soaring – Ag Barometer Feb 4, 2020

🕔Feb 4, 2020
The Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 167 in January, a 17-point jump from December when the index stood at 150. Virtually all of the rise in this month’s barometer […]

Webinar: Farm Income, Financial Forecasts – Feb. 5 Jan 28, 2020

🕔Jan 28, 2020
USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) releases Farm income statement and balance sheet estimates and forecasts three times a year, typically in February, August and November. These core statistical indicators provide guidance […]

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