Michigan: Farm Financial Benchmarking – How Is Your Operation Holding Up? Oct 1, 2019

🕔Oct 1, 2019The past several years have seen some tough times for Michigan farms. Challenges ranging from high ending stocks to impacts from foreign trade that have caused lower prices across most […]

Farmer Sentiment on Current Conditions Slips in Sept. – Ag Barometer Oct 1, 2019

🕔Oct 1, 2019The Ag Economy Barometer dipped slightly in September to a reading of 121, down just 3 points from August, when the index stood at 124. Although the barometer’s decline was small, there […]

Ag Economy: Trade Continues to Hurt Farmers; Direct Payments to Increase Sep 11, 2019

🕔Sep 11, 2019Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its August 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Ag Economy: Yield Assessments Uncertain After ‘Planting Season from Hell’ Aug 23, 2019

🕔Aug 23, 2019Wall Street Journal writer Lauren Silva Laughlin reported earlier this month that, “Losses are popping up in farmers’ income statements and the pain can be seen in the share prices […]

Farm Economy Weak 2Q – Crop Prices, MFP Help – KC Fed Aug 9, 2019

🕔Aug 9, 2019The Tenth District farm economy remained weak in the second quarter of 2019, but farm income and credit conditions showed some signs of stabilizing. Despite extreme weather and flooding in […]

Farmers Vent – Ag Sec. Perdue Listens – DTN Aug 8, 2019

🕔Aug 8, 2019Bob Worth didn’t wait for a listening session at Farmfest on Wednesday to start before getting a few words with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue about the prevented planting situation in […]

Ag Economy: Loan Delinquency, Bankruptcy Filings on the Rise Aug 6, 2019

🕔Aug 6, 2019Recent news items have highlighted variables associated with the agricultural economy, including: loan repayment rates, debt levels, bankruptcy filings and agricultural production expenses.  Today’s update includes a brief recap of […]

Ag Economy: Producer Confidence Soars; Large Prevented Plantings Confirmed – Ag Barometer Aug 6, 2019

🕔Aug 6, 2019Farmer sentiment improved again in July as the Ag Economy Barometer jumped to a reading of 153, an increase of 27 points compared to June. July was the second month […]

Ag Roundtable: Farmers Need to Diversify; Reduce Reliance on China Jul 29, 2019

🕔Jul 29, 2019An agricultural roundtable on Monday presented two key takeaways for farmers: find ways to reduce their reliance on China as a market, and don’t count on Market Facilitation Program payments […]

Ag Economy: Conditions Worsen on Weather Woes – Fed Beige Book Jul 24, 2019

🕔Jul 24, 2019On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its July 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

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