Business & Inputs


  • The auction will go on for Joe Nichols, of Seven Springs Farms in Cadiz, Kentucky. He's cutting back on machinery inventory to streamline operations. (Photo by Ashley Nichols)

    Online Machinery Sales Heat Up

    Joe Nichols didn't figure on a pandemic when he scheduled a sale to reduce his farm equipment inventory, but the show will still go on for this Kentucky farmer.

  • The Small Business Administration has a low-interest disaster loan for small businesses that has traditionally excluded agricultural enterprises in the past. Farm groups and members of Congress say changes made in legislation should open the loan program up to farms, ranches and other agricultural businesses. (DTN image from

    SBA Says No to Ag Aid

    Several different farm organizations and more than 80 congressmen have questioned the Small Business Administration rules that would prevent farms and ranches from applying for a disaster loan with the agency even though the loan program was broadened under the...

  • Ag Interest Rate Snapshot

    Track interest rate trends in benchmark rates, farm mortgages, operating credit, farm machinery and feeder loans, based on DTN sources and Federal Reserve surveys of ag banks.

Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
as of: 4/3/20 4/3/19
Prime Rate 3.25 5.50
30-Day Libor 0.98 2.48
1-Year Libor 1.06 2.73
10-Yr. Treasury 0.60 2.52
CCC Loan Rate 2.500 3.500
Real Estate * 4.34 5.59
Operating * 4.57 5.42
Feeder Livestock * 5.06 4.80
Farm Machinery * 5.31 5.89
* Federal Reserve's quarterly average
effective interest rates at ag banks.

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