Ag Economy: Price Turmoil; ERS Looks at Ag’s Financial Health

🕔Jul 5, 2018Financial Times writer Gregory Meyer reported on Monday that, “US soyabean futures have tumbled to the lowest price in nine years as the market succumbs to healthy growing conditions and fears over imminent tariffs from China.”   Amid this […]

Ag Barometer: Producer Sentiment Inches Up Despite Trade War Concerns

🕔Jul 3, 2018Ag producer sentiment improved slightly during June as the Ag Economy Barometer index rose to a reading of 143 compared to 141 a month earlier. The modest rise in the […]

Mid-South Ag Finance Conference, Martin, TN, Aug. 8

🕔Jun 29, 2018The annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference is scheduled for August 8 on the campus of UT Martin in the Ed Boling University Center. The Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference serves the […]

Illinois Grain: Machinery Value Comparison – 2006 v. 2016

🕔Jun 18, 2018As farm incomes began to increase after 2006 due to higher grain prices, machinery values began to increase as well. There are many reason for this increase. We will compare […]

Buying Equipment: Does Dealer Financing Make It Riskier in a Downturn?

🕔May 29, 2018In a series of recent articles, we show that farmers’ use of implement dealer financing has increased substantially since 2003. Implement dealers currently provide nearly one-third of the agricultural sector’s […]

Farm Business: Taxes – Who is a ‘Related’ Person? Why It Matters

🕔May 22, 2018Most farmers and ranchers have extended family members who are also in the business and from time to time they likely do business with each other. What many might not […]

Tennessee: Record Keeping for Value-Added Enterprises Training, Blountville, July 17

🕔May 21, 2018The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, in cooperation with UT Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, is offering one additional workshop for farmers to learn better record […]

Dealer Financing: What Are Those Interest Rates You’re Paying?

🕔May 17, 2018In a previous article, we estimated that implement dealers provided 27% of the agricultural sector’s long term non-real estate debt in 2016 (farmdoc daily, May 9, 2008). This post examines the […]

Illinois Farm Finances: How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Grain Farms?

🕔Apr 18, 2018Recent events suggest a possibility that China will place a 25% tariff on soybean exports from the United States to China. Such a tariff would result in lower soybean prices […]

Farm Business: Pay Attention to the Details for Accurate Accounting

🕔Apr 9, 2018It was 2011. I was hired as an accountant to review a farm operation and its various operations: corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, hogs, and chickens. Corn and soybean prices were […]

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