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

Feb 21, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Discover which economic and crop insurance changes need to be factored into 2024 risk management plans ahead of March 15.

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Jun 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Make Adjustments Now to Optimize Profitability

Economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar outline the steps producers should take to identify the right adjustments for 2019.

May 30, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Understanding Luck vs. Good-Decision Making to Become a Better Farm Manager

“Good decisions can have bad outcomes,” says ag economist David Widmar, “and bad decisions can have good outcomes.”

May 21, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Business-First Operations Honor Families, Build Legacies

Jolene Brown, an Iowa farmer and professional speaker, takes families through the steps to building a legacy and a stronger family with a business-first operation.

Apr 22, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Shrinking Herd

Part 2 of Sarina’s dairy outlook for 2019, sponsored by Farm Credit at the Central Plains Dairy Expo.

Mar 14, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Farm Finances: How Do You Compare?

Check out our interactive recording of the presentation to prepare your operation for the coming year.

Mar 14, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Agriculture is Like No Other Business, Which is Why FCSAmerica is Like No Other Lender

A message from Mark Jensen, our president and CEO, on our 2018 financial results and our mission to serve agriculture through every cycle.

Mar 6, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Seasonal Price Strength: Are you Ready?

Check out our interactive recording of his presentation to improve your crop marketing.

Jan 16, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

AgTech Start-Ups to Compete at the 2019 Iowa Power Farming Show

Five startups will compete at 2:30 p.m. January 30 for a $20,000 grand prize and a $5,000 people’s choice award.

Jan 9, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Values Soften

Farmland values in much of our four-state territory softened slightly in the last half of 2018 but remained stable overall.

Dec 19, 2018 | The Business of Agriculture

Important Tax Changes to Factor Into 2018 Filings

Don’t overlook important changes to depreciation, business losses, ownership structure and more.

Nov 19, 2018 | The Business of Agriculture

AgTech Start-Ups to Compete in Our Second Ag Innovation Pitch

Our Ag Innovation Pitch is focused on solutions that have the potential to improve the lives of farmers and ranchers, including the more than 50,000 customers we serve.

Oct 11, 2018 | The Business of Agriculture

Make a Wet Harvest Productive with Updates to Your Financials

With grain harvest temporarily on hold due to rain in many parts of our territory, now is a great time to focus on the financial side of your operation.

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