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

Oct 28, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

When you are planning to buy equipment, consider the economics and be sure you are making the purchase for the right reasons.

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Nov 9, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Third Quarter Commodity Review

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

Oct 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Using Ag Values to Connect with Consumers

When visitors click the “We Care Pledge” on pillenfamilyfarms.com, they are reading the same words that are recited at least a couple of times each week at the third-generation Nebraska swine operation.

Sep 17, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Control Family Expenses to Protect Farm Profits

It’s not what you earn, it’s what you spend. For farm families whose living expenses crept up during the recent run of strong commodity prices, Dr. David Kohl’s words serve as a call to action.

Sep 3, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Geopolitics, Food Trends to Create Market Opportunities for U.S. Ag

Experts in protein, consumer trends and geopolitics spoke at our recent 2015 Agribusiness Finance Executive Summit, offering thought-provoking forecasts on what the future holds for U.S. agriculture.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

May 11, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Practical Wisdom for New Generation of Producers

FCSAmerica teamed up with Farm Journal to ask experienced farmers to share their best advice with young and beginning producers. The result is the AgWeb series, Practical Wisdom.

Apr 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

How to Decide Right Time for Farmland Purchase

Interest rates still are attractive and land in many areas across the corn belt is generally cheaper than a year ago. Some who are bullish on agriculture long-term consider this a good time to buy farmland and expand their operations.

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