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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 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.

Mar 24, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Leasing Farm Buildings as Tax Strategy

Whether they are adding grain bins, machine sheds or livestock facilities to their operations, more producers are choosing leases, primarily as a tax management strategy.

Mar 20, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Is Your Biosecurity Plan Built to Defend Against Avian Flu?

Avian flu has been confirmed for the first time in the Mississippi flyway, heightening the need for strong biosecurity and creating uncertainty in the poultry market.

Feb 19, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Already Suited for Ag Jobs, Veterans Get Resume Tips

Veterans arrive in the private sector job-ready. As an ag lender, FCSAmerica has an additional reason to recruit vets: About 45 percent of armed service members come from rural America and understand our customers and their businesses.

Jan 22, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Moderate

A softening in the farmland market is reflected in the reduction in benchmark farm values. However, weakened cropland values have been slightly offset by gains in pasture values.

Jan 7, 2015 | The Business of Agriculture

#SpoonSalute to American Farmers Raises $10,000

We are closing our #spoonsalute campaign with a $10,000 donation to help fight hunger in our four-state territory, but there is no end to the gratitude embodied in each spoon salute shared through Facebook and Twitter.

Nov 25, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Ethanol Producers Use ’14 to Build Resiliency, Opportunity for Future

FCSAmerica began financing the renewable fuels industry more than a decade ago as an extension of our mission to finance rural America. Today, our renewable fuels team finances approximately 50 ethanol production facilities throughout the Midwest, serving in the roles of lead lender and participant.

Oct 21, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

FCSAmerica – a Co-op Model Worth Celebrating

As a cooperative whose sole mission is to serve agriculture, FCSAmerica is focused on the success of producers.

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