2019 Farm Sector Income Forecast Updated for Nov. Dec 3, 2019

🕔Dec 3, 2019The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated on Wednesday that, “Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to increase $8.5 billion (10.2 percent) from 2018 to $92.5 billion in 2019. […]

Farm Credit Chief: Strong System But Rising Debt Issues – DTN Nov 21, 2019

🕔Nov 21, 2019Though agriculture is experiencing pressures on a number of fronts, the head of the Farm Credit Administration told federal lawmakers on Tuesday the overall credit system remains in good shape. […]

Eroding Farmer Liquidity Concerns Ag Lenders – DTN Nov 19, 2019

🕔Nov 19, 2019A majority of farms remain profitable. However, their profit margins are smaller than in recent years, and bankers are growing more concerned about their customers’ liquidity. According to a survey […]

Farm Finances: 2020 Budgets – Don’t Forget Family Living Costs Nov 18, 2019

🕔Nov 18, 2019In 2018, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,306 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) average was $77,999–or $6,500 a month for each family. […]

Farm Finances Continue to Weaken, Land Values Stable – Kansas City Fed Nov 15, 2019

🕔Nov 15, 2019Farm credit conditions in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District continued to deteriorate steadily in the third quarter of 2019. Despite a slight increase in the price of some agricultural commodities […]

Farm Business: Measuring Financial Stress Nov 4, 2019

🕔Nov 4, 2019Financial stress is typically measured using a profitability measure and a solvency measure.  For example, profitability could be measured using the operating profit margin ratio and solvency could be measured […]

Kansas City Fed: Farm Lending Growth Slows, Sector Weakness Persists Oct 23, 2019

🕔Oct 23, 2019In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Farm Lending Slows but Remains High“) Cortney Cowley and Ty Kreitman stated that, “Growth in farm lending activity […]

Webinar: Ag Bankruptcy – Chapter 12 Considerations, Oct. 16 Oct 8, 2019

🕔Oct 8, 2019After a year of lower commodity prices, extreme weather, and ongoing trade tensions in world markets, much needed debt relief can be available to family farms through Chapter 12 bankruptcy. […]

Farm Business: Identifying Profitability and Cash Flow Oct 4, 2019

🕔Oct 4, 2019The severe weather this year has put a tremendous amount of pressure on Michigan farms. From delays in planting to spraying timely for weeds or diseases, each farm has felt […]

Michigan: Farm Financial Benchmarking – How Is Your Operation Holding Up? Oct 1, 2019

🕔Oct 1, 2019The past several years have seen some tough times for Michigan farms. Challenges ranging from high ending stocks to impacts from foreign trade that have caused lower prices across most […]

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