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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Apr 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

2022 Planting Intentions: More Market Surprises

Matt Erickson, our economist, provides perspective on what USDA’s just released March Planting Prospective Plantings Report means for supplies, markets and more.

Mar 25, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

From Goals to Plans

Learn more about moving beyond your goals and developing plans to achieve them.

Jan 21, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Optimism for U.S. Agriculture Carries Cropland Values to All-Time Highs

Year-end values in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota reached all-time highs in the latest benchmark farmland study from Farm Credit Services of America.

Dec 17, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Reviewing 2021, Preparing for 2022

Learn more about key considerations as you make plans for 2022.

Nov 19, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Net Present Value

Learn more about NPV and how you can apply this framework.

Oct 22, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

The Overlooked Risks

Learn more about improving your risk management plan.

Sep 24, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Inflation and Interest Rates

Learn more about the latest data and what might be ahead.

Sep 8, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Creating and Understanding Your Balance Sheet

The balance sheet can help you understand the strength of your operation or your reserve risk-bearing capacity.

Aug 24, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Cap Rate Calculator: Streamlined for Ease of Use

Three required fields – purchase price, cash rent and property taxes – deliver information for better buying decisions.

Aug 20, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Getting Started with a CapEx Plan

Learn more about creating a multi-year, strategic capital expenditure plan.

Aug 13, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Credit Grows Its Commitment to America’s Young, Beginning, and Small Farmers and Ranchers

In 2020 alone, according to the FCA’s data, new loans made by Farm Credit to young farmers increased by 37%, to beginning farmers by 57% and to small farmers by 63%.

Jul 23, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Moving Beyond "Know Your Costs of Production"

Learn more about how to factor cash flow, accounting and economic costs into your management decisions.

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