Ag Taxes: What to Know About Debt Forgiveness – DTN Jul 28, 2020

🕔Jul 28, 2020
As I’m writing this article, we are still waiting for guidance on PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan forgiveness. Based on what is being discussed in Congress, there will be some […]

Ag Financing Activity Slowed in 2nd Quarter – Kansas City Fed Jul 22, 2020

🕔Jul 22, 2020
In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Agricultural Lending Consistently Slower“), Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman stated that, “Agricultural financing activity slowed in the second quarter, according to […]

Ag Economy: More Signals for COVID-19 Aid – DTN Jul 21, 2020

🕔Jul 21, 2020
Farm delinquency rates went up and agricultural lending slowed during the height of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, two economists for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank detailed in an analysis […]

Illinois: A Different Financial View — How Much Do You Owe Per Acre? Jul 20, 2020

🕔Jul 20, 2020
Financial liabilities are a present obligation arising from past decisions.  While some operators can operate without borrowing, many farms operate with the use of borrowed capital. This article considers the […]

Ag Credit Survey: “Overall Weaker Conditions” – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Survey for the Fourth Quarter of 2019. In part, the update stated that, “Bankers responding to the fourth-quarter survey […]

Ag Borrowing – Best Approaches When Asking For Money – DTN Dec 2, 2019

🕔Dec 2, 2019
Securing operating loans for the upcoming crop season will bring new challenges for some borrowers, but there are ways to make farm operations more cash-worthy in the eyes of today’s […]

Midwest: 2019 Weather Woes Could Impact 2020 Planting Nov 13, 2019

🕔Nov 13, 2019
Grace Zaplatynsky reported on Friday at the Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Online that, “This year has not been the greatest year for farmers with the soaked spring and now […]

Farm Business: Measuring Financial Stress Nov 4, 2019

🕔Nov 4, 2019
Financial stress is typically measured using a profitability measure and a solvency measure.  For example, profitability could be measured using the operating profit margin ratio and solvency could be measured […]

Iowa Farm Income Appears Higher, but Farm Values Decline Sep 25, 2019

🕔Sep 25, 2019
The “2018 Iowa Farm Costs and Returns” analysis is now available, and despite a slight increase in net farm income last year, farmers saw another year of tight margins and […]

Farm Balance Sheet: Debt/Asset Ratio and Interest Expense Ratio Sep 24, 2019

🕔Sep 24, 2019
Solvency from a financial perspective and in simple terms measures the amount of debt relative to net worth on an individual farmer’s balance sheet.  Lenders obviously charge interest on loans […]

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