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Oct 28, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

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Aug 6, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Economic Conditions: Beef Feedlot and Cow-Calf

Our commodity experts look at the economic factors that shaped second quarter prices, and what it means for our cattle feeder and cow-calf operators.

Aug 5, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Economic Conditions: Swine

Our commodity experts look at the economic factors that shaped second quarter prices, and what it means for hog producers and the impact PEDv will have in the months ahead.

Aug 4, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

A Look at Economic Conditions Shaping Commodity Prices

Our commodity experts look at the economic factors that shaped second quarter prices, and what it means for producers.

Jul 17, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Prices Remain Strong

Despite reports earlier this year of a possible drop in demand for farmland, prices remain strong, nearing or hitting all-time highs in several areas of our four-state territory during the first six months of 2014.

Jun 25, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Steps for Minimizing Operational Risks of Rising Interest Rates

Even though nobody can predict when interest rates will rise, a hike is inevitable. Producers can take steps now to better manage the risks that come with rising interest rates.

Jun 12, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

USDA’s June Forecast for 2014/15 Production and Season-Average Farm Prices

The USDA says crop conditions in the Corn Belt are the better than any time since 2007. Check out what, if any, impact this is having on projected yields – along with a lot of other good information on 2014/15 production and price forecasts.

Jun 2, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Rising Cattle Values Boost Need for Owner Equity, Lender Capacity

Ranchers, feeders and feedyard operators often ask why lenders require cattlemen to invest greater levels of equity to maintain the lending relationship. We offer the answers.

May 27, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Latest Facts and Figures on Farming

The U.S. Census on Agriculture is chock full of interesting facts and figures about the state of farming and ranching. Among them: A comparison of ag sales and expenses for our four-state area.

May 22, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

High Degree of Variability in Farmland Market

Farmland prices across our four states are in various stages of flux. Learn what the numbers revealed in the first four months of 2014.

Apr 22, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Credit institutions and USDA Announce New Tool to Help Rural Businesses Grow

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the fund “a powerful new tool” that will help rural businesses access private equity.

Mar 26, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Learning to Manage the Risk of PED

Most of the pork producers we work with anticipate good profits in 2014. But the PED virus weighs heavily on the industry. It’s a risk that producers will have to learn to manage.

Mar 11, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

The Way of the Future: Fossil-fuel Free Farms

The Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, South Dakota, has cuts its use of fossil fuel by half. Now it has its sights on a fossil-fuel free operation by 2026.

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