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Lower Income Continues to Pressure Farm Finances

November 15, 2018 | Ag Credit Survey
Farm income and credit conditions continued to deteriorate in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions.

Large-Scale Financing Drives Ag Lending Activity Higher

October 18, 2018 | Ag Finance Databook
Large operating loans made by large agricultural banks led to a significant increase in farm lending in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Agricultural Finance Databook

2018 Ag Symposium Papers Available

October 03, 2018 | Ag Symposium
Visit the 2018 Ag Symposium page to view resources from this year's symposium. A special issue of Economic Review, featuring a foreword from Bank President Esther George and speaker papers, is now available. 

A Tale of Two Economies: Farmers Struggle Despite Strong U.S. Economy

By Suzanne Jenkins, Senior Policy Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Nathan Kauffman
September 28, 2018 | Ag Outlook
At a time when the overall U.S. economy continues to boom, the U.S. agricultural sector has continued to struggle amid falling farm income and deteriorating agricultural credit conditions.

Mapping Stress in Agricultural Lending

September 05, 2018 | Economic Review
Stress in agricultural lending, measured by repayment rates for farm loans, spike across the Tenth District in 2016. 

Large Loans for Livestock Drive Uptick in Farm Lending

July 20, 2018
Lending activity in the agricultural sector increased slightly in the second quarter of 2018, supported by larger loans for livestock, according to the Agricultural Finance Databook
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2018 Ag Symposium

The 2018 Agricultural Symposium, Agriculture in a Global Economy, took place July 17-18 in Kansas City. Learn more. 

Past Agricultural Symposiums

Updates from the Kansas City Fed highlighting developments in the agricultural economy. 

Latest Ag Outlooks

A Tale of Two Economies: Farmers Struggle Despite Strong U.S. Economy | September 28, 2018

As Winter Looms, Key Risks Keep Ag Outlook Cool | January 8, 2018

Persistent Large Inventories, Low Prices | April 17, 2017

Headwinds to Ag Outlook Remain Despite Strength in Exports | December 29, 2016

U.S. Farm Economy Slumps into the Fourth Quarter | September 28, 2016

Mounting Pressure in the U.S. Farm Sector | March 31, 2016

Supply and Demand Fundamentals Weighing on Ag Economy | January 13, 2016

Tightening Farm Income Continues to Loom | September 23, 2015

Speeches


Nov 9, 2018 | U.S. and Nebraska Agricultural Update

By Nathan Kauffman

Oct 17, 2018 | U.S. Economy in High Gear, but Ag Stuck in Neutral

By Nathan Kauffman

Aug 23, 2018 | U.S. Economy in High Gear, but Ag Stuck in Neutral

By Nathan Kauffman

May 23, 2018 | Economic Outlook

By Nathan Kauffman

Agricultural Finance Databook

Quarterly report that compiles national and regional agricultural finance data, including national data on term lending to farmers, quarterly Call Report data on national agricultural lending, and data on agricultural land values and credit conditions from quarterly Federal Reserve Bank surveys. 

Agricultural Credit Survey

Quarterly survey that provides current indicators of the financial performance of Tenth District agriculture, including farmland values, interest rates on farm loans, and credit supply and demand. 

Outlooks and Research on the Agricultural Economy

Ongoing research and analysis from the Kansas City Fed highlighting developments in the agricultural economy. 

Agricultural Symposium

Annual conference that brings together business and banking leaders, government officials and policymakers, and academics to explore a topic relative to the agricultural industry.