Farm Life


  • Farmers' optimism for the future (green line) reached record levels in December 2019. (DTN graphic)

    Agriculture Confidence Index

    The DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index has risen significantly higher than in March and December 2018, as farmers ended 2019 with new optimism and were solid in their support for the Trump administration.

  • Why is it be so hard to believe in past success for fear of future failure, asks blogger Meredith Bernard, as she thinks about some of the decisions she's made and how they turned out. (Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Our Rural Roots

    Blogger Meredith Bernard shares one of the hardest decisions she has made in her life.

  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue addresses the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Perdue said a last round of MFP payments is coming soon, and he also said the Trump administration is working to reform the guest-worker provisions for agricultural labor. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Last MFP Payment Imminent

    Speaking Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said new trade deals with China and others will require the Trump administration to look at helping farmers with labor issues as...

  • Here's one resolution this blogger encourages others to also do this year. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Our Rural Roots

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell has decided on a New Year's resolution that has a sweet reward when she completes it.

  • Stress on the farm is hard to avoid with the numerous challenges farmers have had to deal with in 2019. (Photo by Getty Images)

    Distress on the Farm

    Numerous weather challenges have added undue stress to farmers in 2019, but there are actions one can take to help reduce stress in challenging times.

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