COMMON GROUND BLOG

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

Aug 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland values are off their double-digit hikes of last year. Even so, the average value for ground is at an all-time high. We have a state-by-state breakdown of land values and sale prices for the first half of 2022.

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Jan 17, 2017 |

Put Your Operation Under the Microscope in 2017

Five steps to better understanding your operation and its financial position for the 2017 season.

Jan 10, 2017 |

Solutions For Success in 2017

That was the message at this year’s GrowingOn meetings, which continue into January.

Dec 20, 2016 |

Speaking For Generations

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Learn how to tackle the generational divide on your family farm.

Nov 14, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Soybeans Hit 97 and Corn 93 Percent Harvested

It’s the hope of basis improvement that has many farmers storing both corn and beans this year.

Nov 10, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Credit Live From Trade Talk

But you don’t have wait for a favorite broadcast to hear some of the insights and expertise we’re sharing.

Nov 9, 2016 |

Poultry Processing Opens Opportunities

“Benefits of contract production can include a guaranteed market, steady cash flow throughout the year and, in some cases, company-supplied expertise.” Bob Campbell, FCSAmerica.

Nov 7, 2016 | Crop Insurance

As Harvest Winds Down, Most are Thankful for Good Yields

Widespread crop insurance indemnities are unlikely.

Oct 27, 2016 |

Pork Packing Renaissance?

“I can envision this creating opportunities for beginning farmers to build contract barns, as well as creating a new market for independents, like myself.” Kevin Rasmussen, Iowa pork producer

Oct 25, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Some Producers are “Busheling Through” a Second Year in a Row

Area growers welcome one challenge to their slower-than-average harvest – more than the average amount of grain to handle.

Oct 13, 2016 |

Preparing Your Game Plan For Cash Rent Negotiations

Dr. David Kohl also advises not losing sight of something more enduring than the current down cycle – successful working relationships between landlord and tenant.

Oct 4, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Little Changed; Some Quality Issues Possible

USDA’s weekly crop progress report for October 2 held no surprises for the market. Once again, the 18-state ratings moved little.

Sep 29, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmers’ Market: A Season Worth of Lessons

The successful operators learn how to best market and sell their products. Fallbrook Market Manager Megan Jackson.

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