Flooding Brings Additional Concerns for Struggling Ag Economy

🕔Mar 28, 2019A 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, 2019Today’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, 2019On 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, 2019The 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 […]

Farmland Values Stable For Now but Risks Linger – KC Fed Reserve

🕔Feb 15, 2019Farmland values in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District held steady in the fourth quarter of 2018 despite risks to ongoing stability. While demand for farmland remained relatively strong across the […]

Ag Economy: Lower Income, Increased Lending, Rising Interest Rates – Kansas City Fed

🕔Jan 22, 2019Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman indicated in a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending“) that, “Rounding out a […]

Farm Business: How Much Debt Can a Farm Carry?

🕔Jan 7, 2019A recent article by Schnitkey (farmdoc daily, December 18, 2018) documents the percentage of Illinois FBFM grain farms by debt-to-asset category for the last decade.  The percentage of farms with […]

Ag Economy: Fed Reserve Reports Loan Repayment Decline

🕔Jan 4, 2019An update this week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as a short paper last month from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, provide insight into portions […]

Illinois Farm Finances: Incidence of High Debt-to-Asset Ratios Grow Over Time

🕔Dec 19, 2018Average debt-to-asset ratios on Illinois grain farms have increased since 2013. At the same time, the percent of farms with debt-to-asset ratios over 0.5 also rose, increasing from 7% at […]

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 […]

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