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  • 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.

  • For every dollar invested in cleaning up his ranch—fixing fences and roads, and clearing brush -- Kirk Rimer says he captured a $7-per-acre return, based on the sale price of his ranch. (Photo courtesy of Hortenstine Ranch Co. LLC)

    Add Value to Your Farm

    Key improvements can make your ranch or farm more valuable when you get ready to sell.

  • President Donald Trump sent a letter to reiterate his support for the renewable fuels industry at a time when the oil and ethanol industries seek common ground to oppose standards from the previous administration. (DTN file photo)

    Ethanol, Oil Groups Look Ahead

    Oil and ethanol interests alike believe the new presidential administration opens opportunities.

  • Renewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Dinneen said on Tuesday the state of the ethanol industry is strong. (Photo by Todd Neeley)

    Dinneen: 'Ethanol Lifts Ag'

    The ethanol industry is pulling agriculture through tough times, the head of the nation's largest ethanol interest group said Tuesday.

  • Retail urea prices have been on an upswing since reaching a low in mid-Nov. 2016. (DTN graphic)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Retail fertilizer prices for the second week in Feb. 2017 shows that most fertilizers' prices are on the increase. Urea, UAN28 and UAN32 all had significant prices increases compared to a month earlier.

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Minding Ag's Business

Greg D Horstmeier

Ag Interest Rate

DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
TODAY - LAST YEAR
as of: 2/22/17 2/23/16
BENCHMARKS
Prime Rate 3.75 3.50
30-Day Libor 0.78 0.43
1-Year Libor 1.75 1.16
10-Yr. Treasury 2.40 1.79
CCC Loan Rate 1.875 1.625
Real Estate * 4.48 4.24
Operating * 4.27 4.50
Feeder Livestock * 4.00 4.01
Farm Machinery * 4.58 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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