The Perspectives of two Agricultrual Economists

Farm Capital Expenditures Stabilizing?

The serious financial downturn in U.S. ag has caused farm producers to aggressively search for ways to lower costs and improve cash flow.  In the short-term one of the most obvious ways that farmers can improve cash flow is to delay capital expenditures.  That is exactly what they have done.  Since 2014, U.S. farm capital expenditures have been in free-fall. 

2017 Net Farm Income Estimated Higher, Remains Low

Last week the USDA released its latest estimates of U.S. net farm income. This report was popular and widely reported upon as it provided a rare, positive story about the U.S. farm economy. A look at the finer details from the report and how conditions compare to recent and historical trends.

How Big? A Look at the Size of Beef Operations in the U.S.

The most discussed trend in U.S. agriculture is likely the declining number of U.S. farmers and ranchers. This trend, combined with ever-growing global demand – has set the wheels into motion for U.S. farming and ranching operations to become larger over time. This post evaluates the distribution of U.S. beef operations by size.

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