Farm Policy: Lawmakers Offer Perspective on the Farm Bill Aug 29, 2017

🕔Aug 29, 2017
Today’s update continues the focus on news items highlighting the attention Representatives and Senators placed on Farm Bill issues during the August recess.  As lawmakers get set to return to […]

Farm Economy Still Struggling, Says Federal Reserve – DTN Aug 28, 2017

🕔Aug 28, 2017
The U.S. and global economies are stronger, but the sluggish farm economy is starting to draw a little more attention from the Federal Reserve. Nathan Kauffman, an assistant vice president […]

Farm Policy: Lawmakers Listen, Comment on Farm Bill on Aug. Recess Aug 21, 2017

🕔Aug 21, 2017
Today’s update looks at recent news articles highlighting agricultural economic variables, as well as Farm Bill observations from lawmakers, and some of the ag related activities Members have held with […]

Farm Policy: Senate Ag Committee Examines the Farm Economy May 26, 2017

🕔May 26, 2017
Yesterday, the Senate Ag Committee held a hearing titled, “Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America,” where lawmakers heard testimony from four witnesses, including the Chief Economist from USDA, […]

Farm Policy: USDA’s Chief Economist Provides Outlook for U.S. Ag Feb 24, 2017

🕔Feb 24, 2017
Speaking yesterday at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia, USDA Chief Economist Robert C. Johansson provided a broad outlook for U.S. agriculture.  Today’s update provides an overview of key […]

Ethanol Production: Major Boon to Agriculture, says Industry Spokesman – DTN Feb 22, 2017

🕔Feb 22, 2017
Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest group told […]

Farm Business: Economists Expect Another Year of Shortfalls for 2017 Feb 17, 2017

🕔Feb 17, 2017
Economists painted a gray outlook for the farm economy and called for a stronger federal safety during a congressional hearing meant to set the stage for drafting a new farm […]

Ag Economy: Cash Shortfalls a Widespread Problem in 2016, Says Expert Feb 16, 2017

🕔Feb 16, 2017
A majority of representative farms in major U.S. production regions used to project future farm financial conditions would face serious cash flow shortfalls based on 2016 crop prices, a Texas […]

Iowa: Study Examines the Importance of Non-Farm Income to Farm Families Jan 31, 2017

🕔Jan 31, 2017
Background: Type of Farm- Net Farm Income Variation A recent study (“Income Trends for Iowa Farms and Farm Families 2003-2015“) by David Peters, associate professor and extension rural sociologist with […]

Farm Policy: Fed. Reserve Beige Book – Observations on Ag Economy Jan 19, 2017

🕔Jan 19, 2017
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve Board released its January ’17 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District.  The report included several observations pertaining […]

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