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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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Oct 10, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Give a #SpoonSalute to Thank America’s Farmers

The cereal box is iconic for its celebration of heroes. And we can’t think of anyone more heroic than the American farmer. So we’ve launched an ad campaign that puts the faces of our customer-owners on the back of five Hy-Vee brand cereals. We invite you to join our tribute to agricultural producers with a #SpoonSalute on social media.

Aug 26, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Five Global Food Trends Reshaping American Farming

Prognosticators say we’ll need as much food in the next 50 years as has been consumed in the past 7,000 years. Learn what this population boom means for American farmers.

Aug 20, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

FCSAmerica Joins “Common Sense Nebraska” Coalition

FCSAmerica has joined the coalition of “Common Sense Nebraska” to build awareness and understanding of an EPA rule that would greatly expand the Clean Water Act to include bodies of water commonly found on or near farms and ranches.

Aug 18, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Live Coverage from Young and Beginning Conference

Follow our live blog from this year’s Side by Side Conference. Nearly 150 young and beginning producers arrive in Omaha this week to network and learn more about their chosen industry.

Aug 7, 2014 | The Business of Agriculture

Economic Conditions: Dairy, Ethanol, Poultry

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

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.

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