Tag Archives: Agriculture

A Look at Key Variables in the U.S. Ag Economy: Land Prices, Input Costs, and Government Payments

DTN Executive Editor Marcia Zarley Taylor reported yesterday that: “Average Illinois farmland tumbled 8% in calendar 2015, according to the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the second year in a row of a decline. “According to the most recent Iowa Realtors Land Institute survey, Iowa’s average tillable farmland has fallen 22% from… Continue Reading

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Proposed Rule for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

Kelsey Gee reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The government Thursday unveiled stricter federal rules governing organic livestock and poultry farmers, capping years of industry fighting about the proper ways to raise chickens, pigs and other animals. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulations set requirements for animals’ space and ban certain… Continue Reading

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Agricultural Outlook: Concerns Persist for Farmers and Ag Lenders in 2016

Background Since the drought of 2012, which impacted large production areas of the Midwest, U.S corn and soybean production have been consistently robust. Corn production was record high in 2014, while 2013 and 2015 ranked second and third all time. The U.S. attained record soybean production in 2015, which broke the previous record, which was… Continue Reading

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