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      Would Set-Aside Programs Boost Commodity Prices? (First In A Series) Jun 29, 2020

      🕔Jun 29, 2020
      Low prices, trade conflict and a global pandemic are producing a potential perfect storm of problems for the farm economy that a flood of federal payments is unlikely to address.  […]

      Boom Times Never Last – 3 Prime Examples Jan 8, 2020

      🕔Jan 8, 2020
      In writing column 1004, which focused on changes in state-level net farm income, we noticed that the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA/ERS) had extended […]

      Indiana Farm Bureau Survey – Trade Situation Is Jeopardizing Farmers May 22, 2019

      🕔May 22, 2019
      Indiana Farm Bureau recently conducted an online survey of farmer members to gauge how the ongoing trade conflicts and increasing tariffs are impacting their operations. The survey received submissions from […]

      Ag Economy: Diminished Optimism in the Corn Belt Apr 1, 2019

      🕔Apr 1, 2019
      Flooding and gloomy price prospects for corn and soybeans are diminishing optimism in the Corn Belt as spring planting nears.  Recent news articles continue to discuss the ongoing negative impacts […]

      Arkansas Growers’ Biggest Concern for 2019? Money. Feb 8, 2019

      🕔Feb 8, 2019
      Informal surveys of Arkansas growers’ top concerns at the beginning of each planting season typically yield a variety of answers, from the best use of available acreage to marketing strategies […]

      Farmers and the Producers Price Index, a Double-Edged Sword – DTN Aug 16, 2018

      🕔Aug 16, 2018
      Stuff costs more; the price of stuff is going up. This should be good news for the people who produce and sell stuff, right?    Not necessarily. Just ask grain […]

      Farm Business: Financial Anxiety Rising? Talk to Your Ag Lender Sooner than Later. Dec 22, 2017

      🕔Dec 22, 2017
      Falling commodity prices and sliding farmland values over the past three years are pushing some farmers into troubling financial territory. It’s tough to think about the future when you’re worried […]

      Ag Economy: Farmers See Faint Hope for Rebound Sep 13, 2017

      🕔Sep 13, 2017
      Cole Epley 
and Barbara Soderlin reported on the front page of the Money section in Friday’s Omaha World-Herald that, “Farmers heading into harvest season have reason to believe the nation’s […]

      Ag Economy: Farmers Feeling Good with Expectations of Higher Commodity Prices Aug 1, 2017

      🕔Aug 1, 2017
      The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation. The index of agricultural producer sentiment, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 […]

      Farm Business: Farmers are Feeling Positive Just in Time for Planting Season, Survey Apr 10, 2017

      ©Debra L Ferguson
      🕔Apr 10, 2017
      Despite continued flat commodity prices, attitudes of U.S. farmers took a solid leap into positive territory, according to the most recent DTN/The Progressive Farmer (DTN/PF) Agricultural Confidence Index (ACI).   […]

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