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  1. Top Ag News
    Bankers Worry About Liquidity as Farmers Adjust to Lean Times

    A majority of farms remain profitable. However, their profit margins are smaller than in recent years, and bankers are growing more concerned […]

    November 18, 2019
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    USDA to Extend Flexibility on Crop Insurance Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 […]

    November 15, 2019
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    Alarming Trends in Rural America as Farmers Try to Hold On

    Farmers across the heartland are scrambling to finish this year’s fall harvest before winter descends. That is, if they were even able […]

    November 15, 2019
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    Farmer Mac Economist Says Severity of Farm Bankruptcies Is Overstated

    Chapter 12 bankruptcies are on the increase. But an ag economist says that statistic needs to be put into perspective. “Although the […]

    November 13, 2019
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    ABA, Famer Mac Ag Lender Survey Reveals Top Issues for 2020

    As the farm economy continues to work through a prolonged downturn, credit quality and the deterioration of agricultural loans remains the top […]

    November 12, 2019
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    Farm Liquidity in Decline, Aside from USDA Payments

    The financial liquidity of farms across Iowa has been in decline over the past several years, despite a slight increase in 2018. […]

    November 8, 2019
  7. Top Ag News
    Strong Basis Evaporates in a Puff of Steam

    Any complex, multi-stage process will have some bottleneck. For row-crop harvest, sometimes the bottleneck is at the elevator where trucks get stuck […]

    November 7, 2019
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    Measuring Financial Stress

    Financial stress is typically measured using a profitability measure and a solvency measure.  For example, profitability could be measured using the operating […]

    November 4, 2019
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    Farm Bankruptcies Spike Up 24% in September

    U.S. farm bankruptcies in September surged 24% to the highest since 2011 amid strains from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China […]

    November 1, 2019
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    MFP Payments, Restructuring Buys Struggling Farmers Time

    Statistics can put things into perspective. For instance, USDA forecasts Kansas land values to increase 4% this year, while at the same […]

    October 31, 2019