Will Rising Interest Rates Lead to Intensifying Risks for Agriculture?

🕔Mar 9, 2018To encourage economic recovery, the Federal Reserve responded to the Great Recession by slashing interest rates and engaging in monetary easing. Short-term interest rates were pulled down and held near […]

Ag Economy: Land Values, Value of Production, and Number of Farms

🕔Mar 2, 2018Today’s update looks briefly at recent publications from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  These reports give additional insight into the state of […]

Farm Business: Ag Loans Up as Interest Rates Rise – Fed Reserve Kansas City

🕔Feb 2, 2018Lending at agricultural banks increased sharply in the fourth quarter, after appearing to stabilize in previous quarters. Large loans drove the increase in farm lending, which may heighten concerns about […]

Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy

🕔Jan 19, 2018On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2018 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

Kansas City Fed: Robust Corn, Soybean Production Make Exports Increasingly Important

🕔Jan 17, 2018Cortney Cowley, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, indicated in an update last week (“As Winter Looms, Key Risks Keep Ag Outlook Cool“) that, “Following steep declines for […]

Federal Reserve: Farm Income Stabilizing but Trade Questions Remain

🕔Jan 11, 2018The outlook for agriculture remains downbeat but is beginning to show signs of stabilization. Despite aggregate measures of farm income being significantly lower than in previous years, the farm income […]

Fed Reserve Bank of Dallas: Crop Loans Down; Renewals and Extensions Up

🕔Jan 5, 2018Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Agricultural Credit Survey for the fourth quarter of 2017. The Fed update indicated that, “Bankers responding to the fourth quarter […]

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: Impacts of Summer Drought in the Plains

🕔Nov 14, 2017An update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (“The worst they’ve ever seen,” by Ashwini Sankar) explored some of the lingering impacts of this summer’s severe drought […]

Farm Income: Slowly Decreasing but Appearing to Stabilize – Kansas City Fed

🕔Nov 10, 2017The farm economy in the Tenth District continued to show signs of stabilizing in the third quarter of 2017, even as financial stress continued to build and income continued to […]

Corn Belt: ‘Breakeven’ in a Tough Environment

🕔Oct 26, 2017An article on the front page of Saturday’s Des Moines Register explored issues associated with corn and soybean production, prices, and farm profitability in Iowa.   Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve […]

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