Ag Economy Highlights – Farm Bankruptcies, Drought, Derecho, and Land Values Aug 12, 2020

🕔Aug 12, 2020
Wall Street Journal writer Jesse Newman reported last week that, “More U.S. farmers are filing for bankruptcy, as federal payments projected to reach record levels this year fall short of compensating for the coronavirus […]

Ag Economy: Farmers Face Increasing Financial Pressure from COVID-19 – DTN Aug 7, 2020

🕔Aug 7, 2020
As agriculture continues to grapple with the fallout from the COVID-19 economic shutdown, recent reports suggest the industry will see financial pressure for the remainder of 2020. The number of […]

Farm Bankruptcies Clearly Trended Higher In 2019 – DTN Jan 31, 2020

🕔Jan 31, 2020
Though the number of farms filing Chapter 12 bankruptcy increased in 2019 from the previous year, an American Farm Bureau Federation analysis found the number of filings in the fourth […]

Farm Troubles: Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Changes May Help Jan 2, 2020

🕔Jan 2, 2020
Although we don’t like to think about farm failures, they do happen. A long stretch of poor commodity prices, improper (or lack of) marketing strategy and overleveraged farms sometimes force […]

What Farmers Need – Commentary Nov 27, 2019

🕔Nov 27, 2019
With increases in the number of farm bankruptcy proceedings and suicides among farmers it seems like we have been transported back to the 1980s and the farm crisis. It wasn’t […]

Stable Ag Land Values Settle Farm Balance Sheets, For Now Jun 21, 2019

🕔Jun 21, 2019
Financial Times writers Gregory Meyer and Robert Armstrong reported earlier this month that, “Despite a half-decade of falling grain prices, Midwestern farmland has held much of its value, and has […]

Flooding Brings Additional Concerns for Struggling Ag Economy Mar 28, 2019

🕔Mar 28, 2019
A Reuters news article this week stated that, “Frustration is building across farm country at what feels like a never-ending season of bad news.”  And an update from the Federal […]

Ag Economy: Chapter 12 Bankruptcies on the Rise – Minneapolis Fed Nov 21, 2018

🕔Nov 21, 2018
In addition to the melancholy agricultural outlook contained in recent Federal Reserve District agricultural surveys, an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis pointed to troubling data […]

Boersen Farms: How Not to Handle Your Debt – DTN Sep 26, 2017

🕔Sep 26, 2017
trust deeds scotland Zeeland, Michigan,-based Boersen Farms is set to either restructure its debt or file for bankruptcy, according to a motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Farm Program: Setting the Loan Rate Requires Just the Right Mixture – Commentary Nov 9, 2016

🕔Nov 9, 2016
One of the thorny issues in designing a defensible crop supply management program is setting the loan rate.    Set the loan rate so that it guarantees nearly all farmers […]

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