As the various factors in agriculture weighs on producers, conversations surrounding mental health and suicide awareness are becoming more common, as experts and others try to remove the stigma around mental health.
With poor crop conditions and a record amount of prevent plant weighing on farmers' balance sheets in 2019, one economist thinks MFP 2.0 may not be enough to get net farm income back to a level needed for some stability.
Debt-to-asset ratios are on the rise, working capital is eroding and farmers’ sentiments are on the decline. Despite the negativity surrounding prices and outlooks, Famer Mac is providing a voice of optimism.
The trade battle between the U.S. and China continues, and fresh data from U.S. Department of Agriculture puts it into perspective, showing some states saw exports decrease more than 80 percent to China in 2018.
The cold, wet weather pattern won't seem to budge, but things could be turning around. Meteorologist Mike Hoffman says his 90-day forecast looks promising, especially for April, just in time for spring planting.
As the partial government shutdown enters day six, the majority of USDA isn't disrupted yet. If the standoff between the White House and Congress persists, it could impact the timing of the tariff aid relief from USDA.
As agriculture enters into its sixth year of the current recession in the sector, relationships with ag lenders are growing even more important. Three ag lenders answer: "How do you know it’s time to walk away?"
USDA announced details of a second tranche of MFP payments, but growers may want to talk with their tax specialist before rushing to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) office according to a Farm Journal tax expert.