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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May 31, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Cattle Transition Part Two: Cow/Calf Caution

As the industry adjusts to lower cattle prices, it is more important than ever to know your cost of production and make decisions that boost efficiency.

May 24, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Transition Time for the Cattle Business: Part 1, Feedlots

Cattlemen are experiencing both long- and short-term effects of the transition to more beef production.

May 17, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Apply Marketing Tools to Capture Profits

Recent market rallies are critical windows of opportunity for agricultural producers positioned to take advantage of them.

May 4, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Every Voice Matters: How to Advocate for Ag

Numbers matter -- and the more voices in agriculture that are heard by lawmakers, the more effective the industry will be in advocating for its future.

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.

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