Jul 26, 2011
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Corn, Soybean Conditions Slide More Than Expected

U.S. corn and soybean conditions continued to decline last week as hot, dry weather took a toll on fields in the southwestern and eastern parts of the Corn Belt. For the second straight week, USDA’s ratings of the U.S. corn and soybean crops declined more than expected....More
Jul 26, 2011
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Are We Headed For a Land Value Bubble? 1

In fall 2010, Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), raised a few eyebrows when she suggested that we could be headed for a “farm land financial bubble” due to the rapid increase in farmland values in recent years. The FDIC oversees the financial health of many of the community banks that are involved in agricultural lending....More

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