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

🕔Aug 28, 2017The 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, 2017Today’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, 2017Yesterday, 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, 2017Speaking 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, 2017Though 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, 2017Economists 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, 2017A 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, 2017Background: 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, 2017Yesterday, 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 […]

Farm Business: Financial Stress is Slowly Increasing – KC Fed Reserve Nov 10, 2016

🕔Nov 10, 2016A slow but steady rise in financial stress in the farm sector continued in the third quarter of 2016 as income in the sector remained low. Persistent weakness in both […]

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