Cotton: USDA Announces 2018 Loan Rate Differentials

🕔Apr 16, 2018The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the 2018-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. The differentials, also referred to as loan rate […]

Farm Loans: 2017 Was a Near-Record Year, Says USDA

🕔Apr 9, 2018USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, […]

Ag Lending: MetLife Hits Record For Its Ag Loan Portfolio

🕔Apr 2, 2018MetLife announced today that its institutional asset management platform originated $2.9 billion in global agricultural loans in 2017, pushing its ag mortgage portfolio to $15.3 billion. In a press release, […]

USDA Lending Rates Increase from March

🕔Apr 2, 2018USDA Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for April 2018. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for April is 2.000 percent, up from 1.875 percent in March. The […]

USDA Announces Loan Rates for Wheat, Feed Grains, Oilseeds, Rice, Pulse Crops

🕔Mar 29, 2018The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the 2018 marketing assistance loan rates by: County for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans and each “other […]

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 […]

USDA Lending Rates Up from Feb.

🕔Mar 1, 2018USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for March 2018. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for March is 1.875 percent, up from 1.750 percent in February. The […]

Farm Business: Ag Loans Up as Interest Rates Rise – Fed Reserve Kansas City

🕔Feb 2, 2018Lending at agricultural banks increased sharply in the fourth quarter, after appearing to stabilize in previous quarters. Large loans drove the increase in farm lending, which may heighten concerns about […]

Fed Reserve Bank of Dallas: Crop Loans Down; Renewals and Extensions Up

🕔Jan 5, 2018Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Credit Survey for the fourth quarter of 2017. The Fed update indicated that, “Bankers responding to the fourth quarter […]

Farm Business: Is Co-Signing a Loan a Good Idea? 4 Points to Consider.

🕔Dec 19, 2017Parents co-signing loans for their children is common in agriculture. This usually happens when the child needs a loan to purchase land, livestock, or farm equipment. Lenders are more willing […]

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