By Halderman 12/02/19

Urban Farming On The Rise

The rise of urban agriculture can be attributed to many factors, including advances in technology and an increase in consumers who want locally produced food. Urban agriculture is generally defined...

By Pat Karst 11/25/19

Operational and Financial Risk For Farmers

Farmers absorb a lot of operational and financial risk. These problems are magnified when revenue is reduced from the impact of lower prices and yields, and variable conditions from the weather and...

By Howard Halderman 11/18/19

US farm crops and today's market


By Howard Halderman 11/04/19

Niche Crops Are Offsetting Lower Prices From Corn And Soybeans

Corn, wheat and soybean prices are falling, but there are still other niche crops that farmers can focus on to provide alternative sources of income.

By Land Value Solutions 10/21/19

Why Should I Consider Professional Farm Management?

For the sixth year in a row, farm operators are feeling the squeeze of low grain prices and high input costs.  Land grant universities, agricultural economists and ag lenders are all calling for...

By Howard Halderman 10/07/19

Agricultural lending and trends for 2019

Between 2008 and 2015, JP Morgan grew its agriculture loan portfolio by 76% to $1.1 billion. Although still a small percentage of its overall loans, the fact that large, money center banks were...

By Howard Halderman 09/25/19

Fall 2019 - A Roller Coaster, Start To Finish!!

Very simply, 2019 was one of the most difficult planting seasons in US farming history. Record rainfall from June 2018-May 2019 led to unprecedented planting delays and more “prevented planting”...

By Pat Karst 09/24/19

Trade War Effects On Rural America

The Rural Main Street Index is a monthly survey of rural bankers in a 10-state Midwest region conducted by Creighton University. It is a measure of financial health in rural America. The latest...

By Howard Halderman 09/23/19

Trade And Tariff Problems For The US Farm Economy Are Persisting Into Late 2019.

Tariffs, trade and federal immigration policies continue to be hot topics with regard to the U.S. farm economy. Despite price support from the government, farm income has shrunk to $70 billion, about...

By Chris Peacock 09/09/19

Falling Farm Incomes And The Loss Of Working Capital - What Do You Do?

What created the lower net farm income levels?  Farm incomes dropped nearly 50% since the record high in 2013 of $123 billion in 2018. While rebounding slightly in 2019, projections are now above $80...