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2019 Agricultural Outlook- Extension Updates

Recent updates from Purdue University, the University of Illinois, and Iowa State University provide a snapshot of variables impacting the U.S. agricultural economy in 2019.  Today’s update looks briefly at key points from each of these three land grant university…

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Kansas City Fed Update: Ag Lending Variables and Farmland Values

Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman indicated in a recent update from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending”) that, “Rounding out a year characterized by lower farm incomes, uncertainties…

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Ag Trade Issues: EU and China

As the U.S. and European Union trade negotiations unfold, the two sides have competing perspectives over what will be discussed:  The U.S. has included agriculture in its Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives, while the EU has not.  Despite the discord,…

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Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- January 2019

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the U.S. agricultural economy.

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As China Trade Conflict Persists, President Trump Addresses Farm Bureau Members

As he did last January in Nashville, President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in New Orleans on Monday.  Today’s update highlights news reports surrounding the President’s appearance at the convention.

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Shutdown Impacting USDA Data and Programs- Market Signals Missing

The partial Federal government shutdown continues.  Today’s update points to news items that catalogue some of the impacts of the ongoing budget impasse on USDA data and agricultural markets, as well as disruptions in other USDA administered programs.

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China Purchases U.S. Soybeans, and U.S.-China Trade Talks Conclude

As trade talks between the U.S. and China kicked off this week in Beijing, news reports pointed out that China “made their third large U.S. soybean purchase in the past month on Monday.”  The trade talks went a day longer…

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