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

Feb 21, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Discover which economic and crop insurance changes need to be factored into 2024 risk management plans ahead of March 15.

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Aug 13, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Signup is Open for the Dairy Margin Protection Program

More than half the nation’s dairy producers enrolled in the 2015 Dairy Margin Protection Program. Open enrollment for 2016 runs through Sept. 30, and we explain your options.

Aug 11, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Crops Continue to Improve but Trade Expects Cuts

We bring you important production estimates at this critical time in the 2015 growing season – along with changes in 2016 crop insurance for wheat.

Aug 7, 2015 | From the Farm

Six Steps to Growing a Successful Farmers Market

Join us in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Visit a farmers market near you this weekend. We also welcome you to stop by the Fallbrook Farmers Market on a Thursday evening between 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Jul 28, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Side By Side Lesson: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

A lesson in getting better before getting bigger has kept Brenton and Justine Paxton focused on their goals and priorities.

Jul 15, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Acreage Reporting Deadline is Here

Accurate and timely reporting by July 15 is essential to protect your coverage - errors in reported acres can reduce or even eliminate loss payments.

Jul 13, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Young Couple Use Side by Side Lessons to Expand Farm

The Eberts used lessons learned at FCSAmerica’s annual Side by Side conference to determine the land purchases would pay dividends for years to come.

Jul 6, 2015 | From the Farm

Young Wyoming Rancher Helps Other Native Americans Succeed Through Ag

Still in college, Odessa Oldham helps operate a Wyoming ranch that she and her siblings built by drawing on their Native American heritage, the know-how of their parents, the advice of their FFA advisor and a lot of hard work.

Jun 25, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Dairy Q-and-A: Putting Profits to Work

Dairy producers remain mindful of the past as they make financial decisions for the future.

Jun 23, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Soybean Planting Behind Average, Conditions Slipping

July 15 also is the deadline for purchasing annual forage coverage. Finally, have you paid your wheat crop insurance premium? If not, you’ll want to do so right away, before interest charges accrues.

Jun 18, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Driving Down Costs to Remain Competitive: Part 2

In this second installment of our blog series, our financial officers highlight some of the business practices and cost-cutting measures that could benefit producers.

Jun 11, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Driving Down Costs to Remain Competitive: Part 1

In this two-part series, we look at topics such as efficiency gains, debt structure, living costs and more.

Jun 2, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Good Progress Planting Beans

Remember, final planting date for soybeans is June 10 in South Dakota and Nebraska, and June 15 in Iowa.

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