This Iowa farm boy is recognized nationally as a protector of natural resources.
After attending the National Agricultural Bankers Conference, Dan Looker said the mood of ag lenders was hardly one of panic. But lenders seem to be preparing for a closer look at farm loans.
The short list for secretary of agriculture contains several active farmers, including Don Vilwock, Kip Tom, and Mike McCloskey.
The value of agricultural land, especially in the Midwest, is likely to continue falling in 2017.
Purdue University Agricultural Economist Otto Doering may have shared the most honest prediction on the next farm bill when he spoke to the Agricultural Bankers Conference in Indianapolis.
Economist Pat Westhoff used USDA estimates as well as his own to project market prices for next year. He anticipates slightly higher prices for corn and lower for soybeans.
Because interest rates remain low and farm debt isn’t highly leveraged, today’s low commodity prices don’t mean the farm economy is headed toward a debt crisis like in the 1980s.
For the past eight years, many farmers have chaffed under what’s seen as regulatory overreach under the Obama Administration. Farm groups expect that to be pulled back after Trump was elected.
The American Bankers Association (ABA) follows the performance of farm banks, which are defined as banks with more than 15.5% of outstanding credit going to agriculture.
Tax laws are more favorable for you now than during the debt crisis of the 1980s, when debt write-offs were considered income by the IRS.