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 […]

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

🕔Nov 10, 2016
A 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 […]

Kansas: K-State Program to Help Farmers Deal with Historic Ag Downturn Nov 10, 2016

🕔Nov 10, 2016
From grain growers to cattlemen, plummeting farm income across the country has agricultural producers searching for ways to survive the current, historic farm-economy downturn. A new, one-day Kansas State University […]

Farm Program: Setting the Loan Rate Requires Just the Right Mixture – Commentary Nov 9, 2016

🕔Nov 9, 2016
One of the thorny issues in designing a defensible crop supply management program is setting the loan rate.    Set the loan rate so that it guarantees nearly all farmers […]

U.S. Farm Economy Slumps into 4th Quarter – Fed. Reserve Bank Sep 29, 2016

🕔Sep 29, 2016
The U.S. farm economy weakened further in the third quarter despite an upward revision to farm income projections. Following a brief rebound in crop prices in the second quarter, profit […]

Kansas Farm Profits Drop, Production Costs Keep Rising – DTN Sep 29, 2016

🕔Sep 29, 2016
Some Grain Belt analysts question USDA’s latest 2016 farm income estimates as overly optimistic. They doubt growers were able to shed as much in input costs this season as USDA’s […]

Farmland: Strong Value for Farmers and Investors in the Longterm – DTN Aug 11, 2016

🕔Aug 11, 2016
Sure, Illinois farmer Alan Madison has economized to make ends meet during this farm recession. He told an audience of ag journalists recently that he has slowed his combine trades […]

USDA Farm Forecast: Long Stretch of Low Prices – DTN Feb 25, 2016

🕔Feb 25, 2016
The gloom overhanging commodity prices isn’t expected to lift anytime soon, if forecasts from USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum released Thursday hold true. In fact, barring unforeseen production failures somewhere on […]

Silver Linings Hidden in Farm Economy Headwinds? – DTN Dec 8, 2015

🕔Dec 8, 2015
CoBank President Mary McBride thinks the ag economy is facing some stout headwinds: a lower price environment, a strong U.S. dollar, deceleration of the Chinese economy and increased global competition […]

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