Minding Ag's Business

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  • Commodity producers attending this week's Commodity Classic in New Orleans are feeling the burn of two or three consecutive years of negative incomes. But modest profit margins could return sooner than farmers think if serious cost cutting accelerates, some agricultural...

  • Some appraisers found big variations in property values with AcreValue, but their sample was small.

    Online real estate sites like AcreValue promise to deliver benefits to users, but they are still a work in progress. That shouldn't discourage you from testing the product.

  • For the fourth year in a row, USDA expects crop incomes to decline in 2016, based on forecasts released today. The main good news for grain producers is that the steepest income declines since the Peak Corn-era are leveling off and savings in crop production costs are...

  • Crop insurance guarantees for 2016 won't offer much financial comfort, if preliminary prices for the first week of February are any indicator. Unless that scenario changes radically in the next few weeks, expect repercussions on how much operating credit lenders are willing...