Business & Inputs


  • 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.

  • To help employees value their full compensation, tally perks like the employer's contribution to health insurance, meals and company-provided vehicles. (DTN photo by Marcia Taylor)

    Ag's HR Coach

    Pay raises don't always reflect what employees value most. Put a dollar on those perks.

  • A number of tax incentives for cellulosic and advanced biofuels are set to expire at the end of December. (DTN file photo)

    Biofuel Tax Credits to Expire

    The Renewable Fuels Association on Wednesday asked Congressional leaders to extend a number of biofuel tax credits set to expire at the end of the year.

  • Ethanol Stocks Down to 1-Year Low

    Total U.S. ethanol stocks plunged last week to a near-one-year low while plant production rebounded higher from a four-month low and blending demand was little changed during the week-ended Oct. 14.

  • An Environmental Working Group report says voluntary conservation programs have not worked. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Conservation Conflict

    The Environmental Working Group launched an online database this week on federal funding of conservation programs as well as a report that claims federal conservation dollars have not been well-spent.

  • Winter annuals like crimson clover offer a competitive edge for producers willing to master their management. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    Cold Weather Greens

    Winter annuals take a little finesse. They require just the right balance of stocking rates, grazing times and fertility.

Business & Inputs Perspectives

Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
as of: 10/21/16 10/22/15
Prime Rate 3.50 3.25
30-Day Libor 0.52 0.19
1-Year Libor 1.57 0.83
10-Yr. Treasury 1.75 2.03
CCC Loan Rate 1.625 1.375
Real Estate * 4.06 4.24
Operating * 4.48 4.50
Feeder Livestock * 3.96 4.01
Farm Machinery * 4.79 4.14
* Federal Reserve's quarterly average
effective interest rates at ag banks.

The Federal Reserve’s December 2015 decision to gradually lift short-term interest rates has already hiked key rates on farm loans.


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