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Jan 19, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Read more what interest rate forecasts and macro-economic indicators mean for producers and their 2024 planning.

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Jan 19, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Forecast: What Farmers Can Expect In 2024

Read more what interest rate forecasts and macro-economic indicators mean for producers and their 2024 planning.

Jun 6, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Update: To Raise or Not To Raise?

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the state of the economy and how it could shape the Fed’s action on interest rates in coming months.

May 3, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rate Pause? Not Necessarily.

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the current state of interest rates, diesel prices, grain stocks and more.

Apr 4, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Markets Upended – Again. Where Are Interest Rates Headed?

Our economist, Matt Erickson, dives into the possible paths ahead to help agricultural producers better prepare for the coming year.

Mar 6, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Outlooks for Commodities: Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at how supply and demand is shaping grain and protein markets.

Nov 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Market Updates to Factor into 2023 Budget Plans

The best budgets are updated and adjusted according to markets. Here, our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the markets trends and costs shaping the 2023 production year.

Sep 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

What You Need to Know for 2023: 5 Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Now is a good time to start penciling in 2023 budgets. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at costs, prices and market trends to jump-start your planning.

Aug 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Interest Rates and Market Shifts: 5 Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Commodity markets have shifted in recent weeks. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the factors shaping commodity prices, interest rates and more as we head into August.

Jul 1, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

The Challenges Ahead: 5 Market Summaries in 5 Minutes

Insights and updates on some of the most important factors shaping the agricultural economy as we move into July.

Jun 6, 2022 | The Business of Agriculture

Steps to Take Today in Rising Rate Environment

The Federal Reserve’s stance on increasing interest rates has become more hawkish. Read the latest projections for rate increases and what you can do to prepare for the impact on your cash flow.

Sep 24, 2021 | The Business of Agriculture

Inflation and Interest Rates

Learn more about the latest data and what might be ahead.

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.

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