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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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.

Jan 6, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

The Perfect Storm

Our market recap sets the stage for a deeper look at the poultry, beef and pork industries over the next several weeks.

Dec 30, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Balance Sheet Changes May Bail Out Cash Flow

The case study involving Larry Landholder examines how restructuring debt can improve working capital.

Dec 18, 2015 | Crop Insurance

ARC Payments Again for 2015; Less Likely in 2016

It will take a 2015 corn price of at least $5.18 or more and soybeans $11.30 or more to avoid a dropping price guarantee in 2016, says Brent Gloy at Purdue University.

Nov 23, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Join FCSAmerica’s Thanksgiving Day Tribute to Farmers, Ranchers

Share this preview of our Thanksgiving Day ad, along with your own tribute at #ThankAFarmer.

Nov 12, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Harvest Done? Don’t Feed Until You Measure!

Livestock feeders, now that your production is safely stored, request an appraisal before feeding any livestock. Brush up on recordkeeping requirements.

Nov 11, 2015 | From the Farm

Homegrown By Heroes

FCSAmerica sponsored three farmer veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about Homegrown By Heroes. In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing some of their stories.

Nov 9, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Third Quarter Commodity Review

The impact of tight margins, avian flu, lower cattle prices and more.

Oct 28, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Prices Suggest Revenue Indemnities; Wheat Crop Underway

With the 2015 corn harvest three-quarters completed, attention has turned to the next season – and how a strong El Nino might impact yields.

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