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Soybean prices rallied and then fell last week on developments in trade negotiations with China and the emergence of issues with the crop in South America.  Considerable uncertainty surrounds both of these matters and is set to continue as we…

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Farmland prices across much of the Corn Belt region experienced a rapid appreciation from the early 2000s through roughly 2014, then retreated somewhat, but now appear to have plateaued. Current farmland market observers express a variety of opinions about the…

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A crucial question at the present time is whether recent levels of grain prices represent the “new normal” or whether there is the prospect of a return to the much higher prices from 5 to 10 years ago.  Our long-held…

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The Agriculture Act of 2014 expired in September, 2018; reauthorization in a conference stalemate between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill through the 2018 mid-term elections. This presentation reviews the 2014 Farm Bill and the new provisions…

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Last year, we examined what made some farms more profitable than others.  One of the traits of more profitable farms was that they had lower costs, suggesting that those more profitable farms may have used less inputs than other farms.…

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The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced the availability of a multi-county enterprise unit beginning with the 2019 cropping year. This unit allows farmers to combine land not eligible for an enterprise unit in one county with an enterprise unit…

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The U.S. pork industry has been expanding the breeding herd and growing since mid-2014. The rate of breeding herd expansion peaked in early 2018 at a 3.5 percent annual growth rate. Financial losses and heightened uncertainties from trade tariffs have…

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