Ag Economy: Lower Income, Increased Lending, Rising Interest Rates – Kansas City Fed

🕔Jan 22, 2019Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman indicated in a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending“) that, “Rounding out a […]

Ag Trade Issues: EU and China

🕔Jan 21, 2019As the U.S. and European Union trade negotiations unfold, the two sides have competing perspectives over what will be discussed:  The U.S. has included agriculture in its Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives, while […]

Ag Economy: Commodity Prices Higher; Government, Trade Uncertainty – Fed Beige Book

🕔Jan 18, 2019On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

China Trade Conflict Persists, Trump Addresses Farm Bureau Members

🕔Jan 15, 2019As he did last January in Nashville, President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in New Orleans on Monday.  Today’s update highlights news reports surrounding the President’s appearance […]

Shutdown Impacting USDA Data, Programs – Market Signals Missing

🕔Jan 14, 2019The partial Federal government shutdown continues.  Today’s update points to news items that catalogue some of the impacts of the ongoing budget impasse on USDA data and agricultural markets, as […]

China Purchases U.S. Soybeans, and U.S.-China Trade Talks Conclude

🕔Jan 11, 2019As trade talks between the U.S. and China kicked off this week in Beijing, news reports pointed out that China “made their third large U.S. soybean purchase in the past month on […]

Ag Conservation on Working Lands – What Practices Are Farmers Using?

🕔Jan 9, 2019The USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) recently released a report title, “Agricultural Conservation on Working Lands: Trends From 2004 to Present.”  A fact sheet that accompanied the report […]

Soybean Prices Climb as U.S.-China Trade Developments Unfold

🕔Jan 7, 2019A U.S. government delegation will travel to Beijing this week to discuss the ongoing trade war between the two countries.  A recent news article noted that optimism associated with the talks has […]

Ag Economy: Fed Reserve Reports Loan Repayment Decline

🕔Jan 4, 2019An update this week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as a short paper last month from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, provide insight into portions […]

Examining New Proposal for Waters of the U.S. Rule

🕔Jan 3, 2019Last month, on the same day that the Senate passed the Farm Bill Conference Report, and a day before the House took similar action, the Trump Administration released a new proposed waters of the […]

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