Rural Broadband: More Incentives Needed to Help Build Networks

🕔Sep 20, 2018Though progress has been made by the Federal Communications Commission to remove barriers for infrastructure investment, the rural-urban digital divide persists. A new CoBank Knowledge Exchange Division report, “Broadband Partnerships,” […]

Ag Labor – Smaller Pool, Higher Costs, Says CoBank Study

🕔Aug 28, 2018As the U.S. economy continues to grow and unemployment dwindles, labor scarcity and wage inflation threaten the rural economy and put additional stress on profitability of the agriculture industry at […]

Indiana: Rural Broadband Could Generate $12Bln Over 20 Years, Says Study

🕔Aug 27, 2018Indiana could reap nearly $12 billion in present value of net economic benefits over a 20-year period if an investment were made to extend broadband internet into the state’s rural […]

Trade Reality: Huge Share Of Ag Exports Tied To Countries In Disputes, Negotiations

🕔Jul 3, 2018Despite the strongest global economic growth since 2011, uncertainty around trade presents escalating concern to U.S. agriculture. Seventy percent of U.S. agriculture exports are to destinations that are in current […]

Farm Business: Ag Lender Expects Increased Chapter 12 Bankruptcies – DTN

🕔Jan 23, 2018More farmers likely will be filing Chapter 12 bankruptcy in 2018, as they continue to struggle with costs of production exceeding commodity prices, ag lender CoBank said in a new […]

Ag Economy: 2018 Outlook from CoBank; and Farmland Values

🕔Jan 23, 2018CoBank recently released a new report that explored a variety of issues that will impact the U.S. rural economy in 2018.  In addition, recent newspaper articles have discussed reports relating to the […]

U.S. Tree Nut Supply Poised To Increase By 35% In Next 5 Years

🕔May 19, 2016The U.S. tree nut industry’s golden run may be winding down as it prepares to absorb a significant increase in supply in the face of weakening global demand and softer […]

Farm Credit and CoBank Winners and Losers – DTN

🕔Apr 7, 2016A move intended to strengthen the nation’s banking system now has some Farm Credit System bond holders fuming. The Farm Credit System’s regulator began efforts to modify capital requirements in […]

Large Inventories, Chinese Economy Weighing Down on U.S. Ag Prices

🕔Oct 6, 2015Farm income in the United States will continue to be challenged by a confluence of global economic factors – mounting supplies of grain and oilseeds, the U.S. dollar’s continued strength […]

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