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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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Apr 21, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Making Tough Choices for Chance to Farm

“I carry my binder of farm finances everywhere and can lose sleep thinking about all the what-if scenarios with my cash flow and balance sheet,” Maggie Holub says.

Apr 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cash-flow Budgeting: About Amount and Timing

Is your cash-flow budget missing some often overlooked line items?

Mar 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Solutions Rang Home at 2016 GrowingOn Meetings

The focus of FCSAmerica’s 2016 GrowingOn® meetings was to provide producers with solutions to tight or negative cash flow situations.

Mar 15, 2016 | Rural Communities

Agricultural Leaders in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming Recognized as Visionaries by Farm Credit

Agricultural leaders in our four states are among 100 visionaries being recognized nationally as part of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search.

Mar 10, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance Crunch Time is Here

Some producers are looking at changing coverage levels with an eye to cost savings. But be sure you understand the impact on your coverage, how that affects your marketing plan and possible impacts on your cash-flow and balance sheet.

Mar 8, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Stress Test to Manage Margin Risk in Your Dairy

Do you know at what point your dairy operation would run out of its capacity to borrow? Here’s a how-to on stress testing your operation.

Mar 3, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Annie’s Project: Empowering Women in Ag

Annie’s Project is a six-week, 18-hour educational program aimed at strengthening women’s roles in modern farm enterprise. Look for classes near you.

Mar 2, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Whole Farm Revenue Protection: Getting Down to the Wire

If you’re among the producers who could benefit from WFR, don’t miss the March 15 deadline.

Feb 11, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Riding Out the Hog Cycle

“You can’t go broke making a profit,” says producer Bruce Livingston. “If the profit is there, options strategies are available to protect the downside but allow upside potential.”

Jan 26, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cattle Market Emerging from Uncharted Territory?

Despite recent volatility, seasoned cattle operator Case Gabel is optimistic about marketing prospects for those who keep a level head: “Opportunities for forward hedging are as good today as we’ve seen in several years.”

Jan 20, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Changes in Cropland Values -- Mixed

The significant decline in farmland prices anticipated by some forecasters since the peak in commodity prices in 2013 has not fully developed, though the impact of lower profit margins is reflected in adjustments to the market for both cropland values and cash rental rates.

Jan 18, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Round Two of Avian Influenza?

Producers still in recovery mode have beefed up biosecurity post-H5N1. It’s one more cost that has added to the economic impact of avian influenza.

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