COMMON GROUND BLOG

Find trends and outlooks, education and more on financing rural America from Farm Credit Services of America.

Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

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Aug 29, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Ratings High; It Will Take a Surprise to Give Bulls Any Fodder

USDA’s week crop update continued to deliver bearish news in the market and time is running out for weather to change the supply side.

Aug 29, 2016 |

Adding Value to Your Operation and Your Skills

Many young farmers and ranchers have more time and energy than money when starting their operations.

Aug 26, 2016 |

Create a Network of Key Advisors and Partners

Experienced farmers know the value of good advisors and partners can be measured in a producer’s bottom line.

Aug 24, 2016 |

Classroom Successes From Urban Ag Academy

Omaha Bryan High School is celebrating five years of achievements through its urban agriculture academy.

Aug 9, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Rating Inches Lower; Soybeans Improve

It’s a small shift but USDA’s 18-state corn condition rating slipped from 76 percent good/excellent to 74 percent and the poor/very poor rating worsened by one point.

Aug 3, 2016 |

Supporting Young and Beginning Producers With Education

We are proud to be part of a Farm Credit System that is committed to growing the next generation of producers.

Aug 2, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Bean Condition Little Changed, But Heat is Back

The heat has returned, but it is unlikely to have much impact on corn yields.

Jul 26, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Beans Carry On [and Stay Calm]

South Dakota reported a substantial drop in the amount of corn rated as good to very good and a bit of a drop in soybean conditions. Otherwise, crop conditions in FCSAmerica states remain unchanged from previous weeks.

Jul 20, 2016 |

Hot Commodity: Career Opportunities in Agriculture

Despite the strong job opportunities in agriculture and food-related occupations, there's a consistent shortage of workers with the skills and education to meet market needs.

Jul 19, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Half of Corn Silking in Heat

In the week ended July 17, USDA’s 18-state corn condition held steady at 76 percent good/very good and five percent poor/very poor.

Jul 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Continue Steady but Gradual Decline

Unlike last year, when a strong livestock market led to increased demand for pastureland, values on both pasture and cropland are generally down in 2016.

Jul 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Wheat LDPs Kick In For Some

When Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) were authorized in the 1985 farm bill, the intent was to provide financing at harvest.

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