Illinois Farm Finances: Incidence of High Debt-to-Asset Ratios Grow Over Time

🕔Dec 19, 2018Average debt-to-asset ratios on Illinois grain farms have increased since 2013. At the same time, the percent of farms with debt-to-asset ratios over 0.5 also rose, increasing from 7% at […]

Veteran Farmers Share Survival Techniques – DTN

🕔Dec 18, 2018After many years spent working in and teaching about commodity markets, I don’t ever recall equating my job to the way a country minister might talk to his congregation. Not […]

Tennessee: Business Planning Workshop Series, Jan.-Feb.

🕔Dec 14, 2018Many farmers may want to start their new year by attending a workshop series designed to teach them how to develop a business plan. “Building a Sustainable Business Workshop Series” […]

Farm Business: Assessing Financial Management Skills

🕔Dec 11, 2018As farms continue to consolidate it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s management skills.  At a certain farm size, it is no longer easy or feasible for the manager […]

Beige Book Observations on the Ag Economy, Nov. – Federal Reserve

🕔Dec 6, 2018On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its November 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

Ag Economy: What Does 2018 Farm Income Forecast Look Like as of Nov.

🕔Dec 4, 2018The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated on Friday that, “Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $9.1 billion (12.1 percent) from 2017 to $66.3 billion […]

Farmers’ Sentiment Steady, Lack of a Farm Bill a Concern – Ag Barometer

🕔Dec 4, 2018The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer November reading was 134, a decline of just over 1 percent from a month earlier when the barometer stood at 136. The November […]

Louisiana: Farm Profitability Workshop, St. Martinville, Dec. 10

🕔Nov 27, 2018The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program will offer a workshop on farm profitability in St. Martinville on Dec. 10. Farmer and business […]

Ag Economy: Chapter 12 Bankruptcies on the Rise – Minneapolis Fed

🕔Nov 21, 2018In addition to the melancholy agricultural outlook contained in recent Federal Reserve District agricultural surveys, an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis pointed to troubling data […]

Farm Income Keeps Sliding Lower – Ag Credit Survey, Kansas City Fed

🕔Nov 19, 2018Farm income and credit conditions continued to deteriorate in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions. Expectations for farm income and loan […]

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