Beige Book Observations on the Ag Economy, Nov. – Federal Reserve

🕔Dec 6, 2018On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its November 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Farm Income, Loan Repayments Down; Farmland Values Mostly Steady – Federal Reserve

🕔Nov 20, 2018Last week, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the third quarter of 2018. Today’s […]

Illinois Farm Finances: Grain Farms in Strong Position Despite Price Downturn

🕔Oct 24, 2018Over time working capital has deteriorated and debt-to-asset ratios have increased on grain farms across the Midwest. Average levels of working capital and debt-to-asset ratios still suggest an overall strong […]

Kansas City Fed: Large-Scale Financing Drives Ag Lending Activity Higher

🕔Oct 23, 2018Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman indicated in a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Large-Scale Financing Drives Ag Lending Activity Higher“) that, “Alongside persistently low agricultural commodity […]

Illinois: Ag Debt Continues to Increase – How Does Your Farm Stand?

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🕔Aug 20, 2018Agricultural debt on a nominal basis in Illinois has been increasing since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) are shown […]

Farm Economy Dip – Soy and Corn Prices – KC Ag Credit Survey

🕔Aug 10, 2018The farm economy in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District dipped in the second quarter of 2018 alongside a sharp drop in the prices of key agricultural commodities. Agricultural credit conditions […]

Farm Lending: Kansas City Fed – Livestock Loans Increased

🕔Jul 25, 2018An update on Friday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Large Loans for Livestock Drive Uptick in Farm Lending,” by Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman) stated that, “Farm lending activity increased […]

Farm Policy: Corn Belt Farmers Uneasy Over Potential Policy Impacts

🕔Jun 6, 2018Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of Tuesday’s Des Moines Register that, “Iowa farmers, battling too much rain, cold — and even snow — this planting season, have a new crop of […]

Decline in Farm Income Slows but Persists – Fed Reserve Bank, Kansas City

🕔May 18, 2018Farm income and credit conditions continued to weaken in the first quarter of 2018, but at a slower pace than in previous quarters. According to the Tenth District Survey of […]

Dealer Financing: What Are Those Interest Rates You’re Paying?

🕔May 17, 2018In a previous article, we estimated that implement dealers provided 27% of the agricultural sector’s long term non-real estate debt in 2016 (farmdoc daily, May 9, 2008). This post examines the […]

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