Farm Business Decisions: Emotions Are Not Your Friend – DTN Jan 9, 2020

🕔Jan 9, 2020
Tax planning always makes me reflect. To say 2019 was a wild ride is an understatement. We saw large swings in commodity prices, increases in dairy prices and optimism in […]

Ag Credit Survey: “Overall Weaker Conditions” – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Survey for the Fourth Quarter of 2019. In part, the update stated that, “Bankers responding to the fourth-quarter survey […]

Nebraska: 5 Free Farm Finance, Ag Law Clinics in Jan. Dec 30, 2019

🕔Dec 30, 2019
Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at five sites across the state in January. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney […]

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

🕔Dec 3, 2019
The 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, 2019
Though 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, 2019
A 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, 2019
In 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, 2019
Farm 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, 2019
Financial 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, 2019
In 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 […]

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