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  • Jul 27, 2015
    blog

    Ag land values trending lower

    Many agricultural experts and economists have been warning for the past couple of years that we could be headed for a significant correction in farm land values in the Midwest. Based on recent data, there appears to be evidence that a reduction in average land values may be occurring in some regions of the U.S., including the Upper Midwest....More
  • Jul 27, 2015
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    Perspective on the lending industry

    Today’s producers face squeezed margins and immense industry change; some voluntary and some not. The lender sitting on the other side of the desk has a very similar view....More
  • Jul 23, 2015
    press release

    DuPont Ag Academy Selects 48 Outstanding Teachers

    WILMINGTON, Del., July 16, 2015 – Through the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), DuPont has invited 48 of the nation’s finest agricultural science teachers to the company’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md. Invited teachers learn new teaching techniques in order to elevate their students’ agriscience educational experience in classrooms....More
  • Jul 21, 2015
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    Farm management strategies for tough economic times

    Economic health and viability are at the forefront for many involved in today’s agriculture industry. While some may prefer to just eat ice cream and hope for improved opportunities, proactive management strategies will be required for success....More
  • Jul 14, 2015
    blog

    Ag lender transition

    Agriculture is in a time of transition that will affect assets, operations and people. The ag lending industry, however, is also in a time of significant transition. Similar to agriculture, the careful management of this transition will be critical; especially, as some segments of agriculture enter turbulent economic times....More
  • Jul 7, 2015
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    State of the U.S. ag economy: Energy, row crops, consumer sentiment

    Overall, the United States economy at halftime will grade out strong for the coasts and in the southern part of the country. Weather will of course, continue to play a large role in our overall economic state. In any scenario, however, a sense of caution is prudent in the flyover states....More
  • Jun 30, 2015
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    Surviving an economic downturn in the agriculture industry

    While difficult, decisions of restraint during the super cycle of profits put producers at an advantage going into this economic downturn. Many of them forward priced with a guaranteed profit instead of waiting for possible higher profits. This looks like a smart strategy from today’s perspective....More

Will you back out of land rent contracts this year?

Rencently, Reuters published a story about farmers backing out of land rent contracts. Corn and soybean prices are below break-even levels, inputs haven’t come down much, and penciling a profit may be tough for some farmers in 2015. We’d like to know: Will you cancel some land rent contracts due to costs this year? Are you considering it? Or is losing land not an option for your farm? Take our latest poll and let us know. And leave a comment with your thoughts on land rents and prices and how that will impact your operation. Also, read more about this issue in a recent story we published.

 


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