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Nov 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Producers who update and refer to their budget throughout the year are among the most confident decision makers.

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Jul 31, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Northern Plains Drought Spreading into Corn Belt

Important crop insurance reminder: Call your agent before chopping corn.

Jul 28, 2017 |

Fighting Rural Hunger with Mobile Pantries

Hunger is as real in farming communities as it is in urban food deserts. Thousands of children, families and seniors in rural areas across the Heartland struggle with food insecurity.

Jul 19, 2017 |

Opportunities and Obstacles in China Beef Market

What beef producers need to know about trade to China.

Jul 18, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Weather Continues to Worry Traders

However, one key factor could determine how much and how long prices might rally on weather worries.

Jul 13, 2017 | The Business of Agriculture

Benchmark Farm Values For First Half of 2017

“It appears that the pace of decline in land values that we have seen during the past two years is slowing even though pressure on profit margins continues for grain producers.” Mark Jensen, chief risk officer.

Jul 11, 2017 | Crop Insurance

USDA’s Crop Progress Report Provided Fodder for Crop Bulls

USDA’s reported soil moisture readings for South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming are concerning, with the weather outlook through much of July providing more cause for concern.

Jul 6, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: It’s the Time of Year for Worries

The July weather outlook could further support spring wheat prices as harvest approaches.

Jun 28, 2017 |

Challenges of Today Present Opportunities For Tomorrow

Advice from Doug Stark, our president and CEO, to young and beginning producers on understanding risks – and which ones to take – in order to grow an operation.

Jun 27, 2017 | Crop Insurance

South Dakota Crop Conditions Deteriorate

The 18-states rating is unchanged, however South Dakota has seen deterioration in conditions across several crops.

Jun 26, 2017 |

What Yield Are You Using in Your Planning?

Despite large old-crop stocks, traders are watching and reacting to growing-season weather. Planalytics, a weather intelligence company, shared its expectations last week for the remaining growing season. See the highlights from Planalytics’ forecast.

Jun 20, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Little Change in Crop Ratings as Corn and Beans Progress: Crop Progress Report

Parts of South Dakota, however, are struggling with dry conditions and its reflected in the latest crop progress report.

Jun 15, 2017 |

FCSAmerica Donation Helps Safeguard Nebraska’s Livestock Industry

“This is a win-win for Nebraska agriculture.” Bob Campbell, FCSAmerica senior vice president.

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