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KC Fed: Farm Lending Remains Muted in Early 2021

Farm loan demand remained muted at commercial banks in the first quarter of 2021. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reports that a reduction...

Farm Taxes Will Skyrocket Without Stepped-up Basis

A proposal to eliminate the stepped-up basis in agriculture would have a costly impact. Tax policy is important in helping farmers pass their operations...

April WASDE Shows Lower Corn and Higher Wheat Ending Stocks

The April World Ag Supply and Demand Estimate report from USDA calls for lower corn and higher wheat stocks in the U.S. at the...

Strong Commodity Prices, Improved Financial Conditions Boost Ag Economy Barometer

The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record high reading of 184 in October. This month’s...

$100 Billion for Broadband Included in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

President Biden’s infrastructure plan introduced last week, The American Jobs Plan, includes money to step up efforts surrounding rural broadband. “Millions of Americans lack access...
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Vilsack: China Can do More to Reach Phase One Commitments

China could be doing more than just buying corn and soybeans to meet their Phase One commitments. “They could be doing more on the biofuels...

Farm Tractor Sales Show Steady Growth Despite COVID-19

Farm tractor unit sales rose 41 percent in February compared to the same time last year. Curt Blades is the Senior Vice President of...

Corn Growers Name Top Challenges as They Prepare for Planting

Planting season and stronger commodity prices bring grower optimism. But it can be tempered by worry about likely hurdles. Pioneer recently polled U.S. corn...

Japan Setting Temporary Higher Tariff on U.S. Beef

Japan is imposing an emergency tariff hike on U.S. beef imports late this week. The volume of imports for the fiscal year 2020 is...

Legislation Would Expand Access to Affordable Credit for Farmers

Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind and Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra introduced the bipartisan Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America Act. The legislation would remove taxation...

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