Good news for U.S. agriculture: consumers are eating more meat. After turning lower on the heels of the Great Recession, U.S. meat consumption – including beef – is expected to continue higher into 2018. This week’s post takes a look at consumption trends and what the USDA expects for 2018.
Earlier this month the USDA provided the first estimate of 2018 net farm income. After a slight increase in sector income in 2017, net farm income is expected to turn lower in 2018. This week’s post digs into the latest results.
With budgeting and planning for 2018 underway, many producers are considering what might be in store. As the saying goes, the best-laid plans often go awry. To help navigate the uncertainties, this week’s posts outlines the 6 key farm management questions for 2018.
In a recent article on land values, we began the discussion by examining cash rental rates and farm financial conditions. This week we look at farmland valuation
The story for U.S. crop producers has been low commodity prices, tight budget margins, and falling net farm income. Big yields have been a significant contributor to sluggish outlook. This week’s post reviews recent yield trends for U.S. corn, soybeans, and wheat to provide some perspective.
Although off their highs, U.S. farmland values have held up remarkably well. This post discusses rental rates & farm economics in the context of the farmland.