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

Jan 27, 2020 | The Business of Agriculture

Whether you own, buy or rent, farmland plays a major role in any operation. We help you understand the forces shaping today’s real estate market.

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Jun 30, 2016 | The Business of Agriculture

Seasonal Downturn on Record Hog Inventory

Solid risk management strategies will be key to navigating volatility in the pork markets.

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 25, 2016 | 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.

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 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.

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.”

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