Purdue University: Interest Rate Dilemma – Fixed Or Variable

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Purdue University by Chad Fiechter and Blaine Nelson Headline interest rates have whipsawed over the past several years, dropping to historically low levels before rising at the fastest pace in decades. The initial decline in interest rates led to sharply lower operating costs as the Federal Reserve dropped short-term rates to near 0%. Moreover, historically… Read more »

National Land Podcast: Market Watch 2024: Q1 Land Values

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By Mac Christian, National Land Realty In this episode of the National Land Podcast, Jackson Takach joins us to discuss Q1 Land Values. Jackson is the Chief Economist for Farmer Mac, a vital part of the agricultural credit markets and was created to increase access to and reduce the cost of capital for the benefit… Read more »

Agri-View: Interest expenses threaten financial health

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Agri-View By Bernt Nelson American Farm Bureau Federation Most farms in the United States are small family-owned businesses that rely on the availability of finance options to find the large cost of producing the food, fiber and renewable energy our country and the world rely on every day. American Farm Bureau Federation According to the… Read more »

ABA Banking Journal: Agricultural lenders’ top concerns for 2024

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American Bankers Association By Tyler Mondres Lenders still expect borrower profitability to remain relatively elevated this year. In 2023, the agricultural economy experienced both a decline in commodity prices as global inventories rebounded and lower export levels relative to 2022. For the broader economy, interest rates increased another 100 basis points as the Fed continued… Read more »

From the Fields: Recap From the 2023 ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference

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From the Fields: Recap From the 2023 ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference Wisconsin Bankers Association By Chris Schneider This November, about a dozen ag bankers from Wisconsin and I made the trek to Oklahoma City for the 71st annual American Bankers Association (ABA) Agricultural Bankers Conference. This year, the number one message was getting the ACRE… Read more »