Farm Policy: Corn Belt Farmers Uneasy Over Potential Policy Impacts

🕔Jun 6, 2018Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of Tuesday’s Des Moines Register that, “Iowa farmers, battling too much rain, cold — and even snow — this planting season, have a new crop of […]

Decline in Farm Income Slows but Persists – Fed Reserve Bank, Kansas City

🕔May 18, 2018Farm income and credit conditions continued to weaken in the first quarter of 2018, but at a slower pace than in previous quarters. According to the Tenth District Survey of […]

Farm Loan Interest Rates Edge Higher – Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

🕔May 8, 2018Section A: First Quarter Survey of Terms of Lending to Farmers Interest rates on most types of farm loans continued to increase in the first quarter. Following modest increases in […]

Ag Economy: Farm Loan Interest Rates Increase, Pressure on Farm Operators

🕔May 8, 2018Late last month, Bloomberg writer Alan Bjerga reported that, “American farmers have managed to stay afloat despite years of shrinking crop values, the lowest incomes since the recession and a budding trade war with China. Now, […]

Farm Business: Rising Interest Rates Impact Profits and Land Values – DTN

🕔May 7, 2018The Federal Reserve’s cheap-money policies coincided with a highly profitable time in U.S. agriculture, and many farmers took advantage of rock-bottom interest rates to invest in land.   The picture is […]

U.S. Cropland Prices: What’s the Impact of Increased Interest Rates?

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🕔Apr 12, 2018The Federal Reserve has initiated what appears to be sustained, incremental increases in the Federal Funds rate and by extension other interest rates. Current expectation is for a ¾ to […]

Farm Debt: How Sensitive Is the Farm Sector to Rising Interest Rates?

🕔Mar 12, 2018This article was originally run in CHOICES Magazine and can be found at the Source Link below the article. Recent farm sector trends, including rising debt and declining income, have […]

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 […]

USDA Lending Rates Up from November

🕔Dec 1, 2017USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for December 2017. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for December is 1.500 percent, up from 1.375 percent in November. The […]

Nebraska: Farm Operating Capital and Interest Rates are Big Concerns, Survey says

🕔Mar 20, 2017The Nebraska 2016 Farm Financial Health Survey showed that over 77% of the 936 producers who responded were concerned that they might not be able to obtain needed operating capital […]

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