Farmland Transition: When Grandma and Grandpa Don’t Plan Well May 14, 2018

🕔May 14, 2018
Grandpa and Grandma farmed. They retired. They had two irrigated quarters. They had two sons with their own farming operations. So, their transition plan was to give a quarter to […]

Ag Lending: MetLife Hits Record For Its Ag Loan Portfolio Apr 2, 2018

🕔Apr 2, 2018
MetLife announced today that its institutional asset management platform originated $2.9 billion in global agricultural loans in 2017, pushing its ag mortgage portfolio to $15.3 billion. In a press release, […]

Kansas City Fed: Stable Land Values Offsetting Low Commodity Values Feb 15, 2018

🕔Feb 15, 2018
Farm real estate markets in the Tenth District remained relatively stable in the fourth quarter of 2017. The district covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and portions of western Missouri and […]

Cropland Use Has Declined 11% Since 1949 – USDA Dec 27, 2017

🕔Dec 27, 2017
Land use and land-use change have important economic and environmental implications for commodity production and trade, soil and water conservation, and other policy issues. Changes in land use occur for […]

Farmland Values: Leaseback Sales Growing with Sellers and Buyers – DTN Dec 8, 2017

🕔Dec 8, 2017
A father-son operation in Logan County, Illinois, contacted John Kirkpatrick last year in search of an investment buyer for their 1,167-acre farm. They had built the farm up and wanted […]

Farmland Values: It’s All About Supply and Demand – DTN Dec 7, 2017

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🕔Dec 7, 2017
The region generating the most concern when it comes to declining land values continues to be the Corn Belt.  According to the latest USDA land values report, five Corn Belt […]

Michigan: Sound Cash Rental Decisions for Landowners Oct 20, 2017

🕔Oct 20, 2017
What would be the cash rental rate for my farmland? This is a frequent question from landowners who call the Michigan State University Extension county offices for a quick answer. Different agencies […]

USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN Oct 13, 2017

🕔Oct 13, 2017
The National Academy of Sciences wants USDA’s lead statistical agency to develop new systems for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. In a report released Wednesday, the National […]

Farmland: It’s Time for NASS to Change Method for Compiling Crop, Cash Rent Estimates – Study Oct 11, 2017

🕔Oct 11, 2017
Producing more precise county-level estimates of crops and farmland cash rents will require integrating multiple data sources using model-based predictions that are more transparent and reproducible, says a new report […]

Farm Taxes: The Devil Really is in the Details When it Come to the Tax Code – DTN Oct 10, 2017

🕔Oct 10, 2017
Farmers and ranchers learn early in their careers that Congress has carved out special tax provisions for their industry. But, a farmer can be defined differently for different provisions. In […]

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