Ag Lending: Farmland Loans Half of Total Ag Debt Apr 30, 2019

🕔Apr 30, 2019
Last week, the American Bankers Association (ABA) released its annual Farm Bank Performance Report.  Today’s update includes several highlights from the ABA update. The ABA report indicated that, “The U.S. […]

Ag Economy: Farmland Values Steady; Potential for Declines Exist Apr 16, 2019

🕔Apr 16, 2019
Recent news items from the Corn Belt point to several economic challenges facing producers as spring planting approaches.  Nonetheless, relatively steady farmland values continue to be a bright spot. But a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank […]

Ag Economy: Pressure on Farm Finances Likely to Continue Apr 9, 2019

🕔Apr 9, 2019
A news release yesterday from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, “Pressure on farm finances appears likely to continue according to […]

Farm Credit Strong Despite Ag Headwinds – DTN Apr 3, 2019

🕔Apr 3, 2019
From a federal perspective, the Farm Credit Administration is as prepared as it can be to help farmers weather the current challenging economic times from continually declining farm income and […]

Ag Hearing – House Appropriations Subcommittee on Rural Economy Apr 3, 2019

🕔Apr 3, 2019
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a hearing titled, “The Rural Economy.”  Today’s updates provides a brief recap of some of the issues that were discussed at […]

Grower Sentiment Drifts Lower On Concerns About Future – Ag Barometer Apr 2, 2019

🕔Apr 2, 2019
The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in March to a reading of 133 down from 136 a month earlier. Increasing concerns about future economic conditions drove the barometer lower as […]

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 […]

Farmland Values and Debt: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska Mar 25, 2019

🕔Mar 25, 2019
Today’s update looks briefly at how relatively steady farmland values are impacting farm financial variables, and then discusses recent developments relating to farmland values in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. Background At USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook […]

Ag Economy: Feb. Observations from the Fed Reserve Beige Book Mar 12, 2019

🕔Mar 12, 2019
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its February 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

Farmer Sentiment Weakens; Increasing Marketing Concerns – Ag Barometer Mar 5, 2019

🕔Mar 5, 2019
The Ag Economy Barometer weakened slightly in February, declining 7 points to a reading of 136 compared to 143 a month earlier. The modest decline puts the barometer back near […]

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