Illinois: Trends in Farm Balance Sheets Over Time

🕔Mar 15, 2018Trends in the financial position of Illinois farms are presented in this article. Overall, farms gained financial strength from 2006 to 2012. Since 2012, working capital has declined. The net […]

Farm Debt: How Sensitive Is the Farm Sector to Rising Interest Rates?

🕔Mar 12, 2018This article was originally run in CHOICES Magazine and can be found at the Source Link below the article. Recent farm sector trends, including rising debt and declining income, have […]

Will Rising Interest Rates Lead to Intensifying Risks for Agriculture?

🕔Mar 9, 2018To encourage economic recovery, the Federal Reserve responded to the Great Recession by slashing interest rates and engaging in monetary easing. Short-term interest rates were pulled down and held near […]

Illinois: Farm Income and Policy Simulator Offers Real-World Economics

🕔Mar 7, 2018With today’s article, the Gardner Agriculture Policy Program introduces a comprehensive tool for farm income, economics and policy analysis (farmdoc daily, January 27, 2017). The Gardner Farm Income and Policy Simulator […]

Ag Economy: Land Values, Value of Production, and Number of Farms

🕔Mar 2, 2018Today’s update looks briefly at recent publications from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  These reports give additional insight into the state of […]

Farm Business: How Do I Finance Growth of My Operation?

🕔Feb 12, 2018There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today’s environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important […]

Farm Business: Ag Loans Up as Interest Rates Rise – Fed Reserve Kansas City

🕔Feb 2, 2018Lending at agricultural banks increased sharply in the fourth quarter, after appearing to stabilize in previous quarters. Large loans drove the increase in farm lending, which may heighten concerns about […]

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 […]

Farm Finances: Evaluating Your Capital Debt Repayment Capacity

🕔Nov 20, 2017Many financial measures and ratios assist in evaluating the financial health of a business. Not one of those measures itself can assess the overall financial condition of a farm business. […]

Farm Income: Slowly Decreasing but Appearing to Stabilize – Kansas City Fed

🕔Nov 10, 2017The farm economy in the Tenth District continued to show signs of stabilizing in the third quarter of 2017, even as financial stress continued to build and income continued to […]

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