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Cash rental rates fall for a fourth consecutive year in Iowa

5/25/2017

A survey, carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shows that cash rental rates for farmland in Iowa fell by 4.8% in 2017, accumulating an 18.9% decline since 2013.

Crop Insurance Cut 36% in Trump Budget

5/23/2017

As Congress prepares to write a new farm bill, President Trump proposed a 36-percent cut in the federally subsidized crop insurance program over the coming decade.

The crop reporting deadline for all spring seeded crops in Iowa is July 15, 2017

5/23/2017

The crop reporting deadline for all spring seeded crops in Iowa is July 15, 2017. Please plan to visit your county FSA Office to report your acres as soon as possible after planting is complete.

Iowa Farm Bureau's fifth Economic Summit to highlight opportunities amidst ongoing market challenges

5/22/2017

To assist farmers facing several consecutive years of tight margins and low commodity prices, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) announced the 2017 IFBF Economic Summit: “Overcoming Challenges, Creating Opportunities” on July 20 at the Iowa State Scheman Center in Ames.

Continued low prices weaken financial stability of farmers

5/22/2017

With the agricultural downturn persisting into its fourth year, many Iowa farmers will need to become more proactive about working with lenders and others to address their long-term financial situations

Iowa Ag Summit to address pressing issues

5/22/2017

Summit Agricultural Group announced plans to host the 2017 Iowa Ag Summit on Aug. 5 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Is it time for changes in the Conservation Reserve Program?

5/22/2017

Is it time to make significant changes in the Conservation Reserve Program, commonly called the CRP?

Long-standing conference shows cycles in farming

5/22/2017

Iowa State University’s (ISU) annual Soil Management and Land Value Conference, held last week in Ames, offered a great perspective on the economic cycles in Iowa agriculture.

Low crop insurance losses in 2016

5/22/2017

The loss ratio for all federal crop insurance policies in 2016 was the lowest in the history of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) data available going back to 1989

2017 December Corn Futures

5/22/2017

2017 new-crop corn opportunities are tracking in the same range as last year’s crop prices as shown in the graph.

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