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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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Sep 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

All Eyes on Corn and Soybean Yields

Learn the market signals to watch as we head into harvest and begin thinking about 2024.

Aug 25, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Evaluating Cash Rental Rates

Watch as we discuss what's driving cash rental rates up and management strategies to implement going into 2024.

Aug 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Somewhat “As Expected” WASDE: What the August Report Means for Markets, Producers

Markets expected USDA to trim its projected 2023 yields for corn and soybeans. The surprise is in the August WASDE. The cuts were a bit deeper than anticipated.

Jul 28, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Building and Improving Your Bench of Trusted Advisors

Watch as we discuss the importance of peers and advisors that improve your thinking and discuss strategies for getting started.

Jul 21, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Challenges of Today Present Opportunities For Tomorrow

Advice to young and beginning producers on understanding risks – and which ones to take – in order to grow an operation.

Jul 18, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Show Signs of Stabilizing

Cropland values in the four states served by FCSAmerica gained ground in the first half of 2023, but at a slower pace than in recent years. Areas of the market appear to be stabilizing.

Jul 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Bearish WASDE: What the July Report Means for Markets, Producers

While USDA was expected to lower its yield estimate for 2023 corn, the move is still significant. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the July WASDE means for markets and producers.

Jun 23, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Financing the Next Generation: Transitioning Assets

Watch as we unpack the two main drivers of a farm business – operations and assets – and discuss asset transition strategies.

Jun 6, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Update: To Raise or Not To Raise?

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the state of the economy and how it could shape the Fed’s action on interest rates in coming months.

May 30, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

U.S. Corn Market: Any Upside?

Our economist, Matt Erickson, dives into the latest corn market data and weather forecasts to help you plan for your 2023/24 marketing year.

May 19, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Record U.S. Crops, Lower Prices: What USDA Forecast Means for Ag

Read more about the global supply and demand and U.S. commodity prices for new crop in marketing year 2023/24.

May 19, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Building a Farm Business Model

Watch as we discuss a simple framework for thinking about your farm’s business model and how to get started.

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