Rural Mainstreet Index Highest in Almost 4 Years

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index sprang higher in February from Januarys below growth neutral reading. This is the first time since July 2015 the overall index has advanced above growth neutral, according to the latest monthly survey.

Land Auctions Start the Year Strong at Farmers National Company

After the normally slow time right after the first of the year, auction activity picked up in late January as it usually does. The question on everyone's mind is: How is it selling and are prices holding up in the new year?

Characteristics of Financially Resilient Farms

During the last 10 years, the economic environment that US farms have faced has been extremely variable. During the 2009-2012 period incomes and net returns increased and in 2013-14, they peaked.

Groups Want Injunction Against WOTUS Rule

A diverse coalition of agricultural and business groups late yesterday in the case American Farm Bureau Federation, et. al. vs. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed a request in federal court for a nationwide preliminary injunction against e

Farm Sector Profits Expected To Decline in 2018

Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $4.3 billion from 2017 to $59.5 billion in 2018, the lowest net farm income level in nominal dollar terms since 2006. Net cash farm income is forecast to decrease to $91.9 billion, the l

Agricultural Lending Increases, As Do Interest Expenses for Farmers

Lending 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 cash flow in 2018 as interest rates have continued

Gregg Doud Nomination Hold Lifted for USTR postion

Jeff Flake, Senate Republican from Arizona, has lifted his hold on the nomination of Gregg Doud as chief agriculture negotiator. Flake had placed his hold on the President Trump nominee because he was upset about a Trump proposal in the NAFTA negotiations

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveils Farmers dot gov

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live but will have multiple features added over the coming mont

Perdue Announces USDAs Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agricultures Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.

CoBank Announces $7.5 Million Commitment To New Rural Private Equity Fund

CoBank announced that it has committed $7.5 million to a new private equity fund that will promote job growth and economic development through junior capital investments in agribusiness and other rural industries.

CoBank 2018 Year Ahead Report: Forces That Will Shape the Rural Economy

Expect an expanding global economy, strong U.S. consumer confidence and persistent economic recovery in many rural areas, but temper that optimism with another year of on-farm belt tightening due to lingering financial stress from low commodity prices.

Farmer2Farmer Conference in Omaha

Second Annual Farmer2Farmer Conference focuses on Entrepreneurship

Survey: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Continues to Climb

The population of the lesser prairie-chicken is on the rise, according to survey results released last week by the WAFWA. Based on aerial surveys, biologists estimate the lesser prairie-chicken numbers about 29,000, a 25 % increase from 2014.

ABA Report: Farm Banks Well Positioned for 2015

Farm banks significantly increased agricultural lending by 13.6 percent in 2014 and held $94.6 billion in farm loans at the end of the year, according to the American Bankers Associations annual Farm Bank Performance Report.

2015 NFU College Conference on Cooperatives a Success

More than 150 attendees from 25 states and Puerto Rico participated in the 2015 National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the weekend.

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