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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May 27, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Nebraska Corn Ends a Bit Short of Plan; Soybeans Lagging

While Nebraska’s planting deadline is past, Iowa and South Dakota growers still have time to get corn in the ground – and they are running ahead of schedule. Soybean progress, meanwhile, is mixed across the three states.

May 21, 2015 | From the Farm

Cattle and Conservation Co-exist on Leopold-Winning Operation

Father and son earn Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award for helping to turn what many considered wasteland into grazing land.

May 20, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Progress Slows; Cold Weather Worries Northern Growers

Producers who believe they need to replant due to non-emergence or who see damage from the recent cold weather should contact their insurance agent immediately.

May 12, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Corn Planting Well Along as Final Planting Dates Approach

Progress has been rapid in planting this year's crops. But for those who face challenges, our crop insurance staff reviews options when final planting dates arrive.

May 11, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Practical Wisdom for New Generation of Producers

FCSAmerica teamed up with Farm Journal to ask experienced farmers to share their best advice with young and beginning producers. The result is the AgWeb series, Practical Wisdom.

Apr 27, 2015 | From the Farm

Reports From the Ground: 2015 Planting Season

While farmers have been planting in fits and starts in pockets of FCSAmerica’s territory, the growing season is expected to start in earnest this week. Across the region, farmers are looking at several days of warm, dry weather.

Apr 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

How to Decide Right Time for Farmland Purchase

Interest rates still are attractive and land in many areas across the corn belt is generally cheaper than a year ago. Some who are bullish on agriculture long-term consider this a good time to buy farmland and expand their operations.

Mar 31, 2015 | From the Farm

Farming Lesson: Look Beyond Gender to Skills, Talents

Farming and ranching have provided opportunities for women to be partners in their operations. At Farm Credit Services of America, we understand the value women bring to the workplace and to our Board of Directors.

Mar 30, 2015 | Rural Communities

Our Impact: Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve

Our third annual Community Impact Report highlights the difference that can be made through agriculture education, hunger relief, emergency services and young, beginning and small producer programs.

Mar 24, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Leasing Farm Buildings as Tax Strategy

Whether they are adding grain bins, machine sheds or livestock facilities to their operations, more producers are choosing leases, primarily as a tax management strategy.

Mar 20, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Is Your Biosecurity Plan Built to Defend Against Avian Flu?

Avian flu has been confirmed for the first time in the Mississippi flyway, heightening the need for strong biosecurity and creating uncertainty in the poultry market.

Mar 3, 2015 | Crop Insurance

FCSAmerica GrowingOn Meetings Help Producers Prepare for the 2015 Crop Year

FCSAmerica hosted GrowingOn® meetings in 30 locations across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota from December 2014 through January 2015.

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