3 Looming Factors for Farm Financial Health as 2019 Winds Down
October 22, 2019
With last week's release of the latest Beige Book, the
summary of commentary on current economic conditions in each of the nation's 12
Federal Reserve districts, Fed officials painted a picture of gradual financial
attrition for ag producers in each district. But the data may not paint the
full picture of the impact of declining markets. Loan delinquency, machinery
financing and the ongoing trade dispute are three big factors to watch in the
near future as ag producers wrap up 2019 production.
DON’T LET OPTIMISM GET IN THE WAY OF GOOD FINANCIAL DECISIONS
September 27, 2019
Farmers are eternal optimists, and rightfully so. Raising
a crop takes a lot of hope. Planting a seed in the ground, tending it for
months — through sometimes impossibly challenging weather and environmental
conditions — and expecting a bountiful crop takes both a diverse skillset as
well as the right mentality. Optimism is almost a pre-requisite for being a
But when times are tight and markets strain revenue
potential, this mentality sometimes can be harmful. Sure, ti... Continue reading
September 06, 2019
awareness and adaptability are important to ag lenders.
In a challenging marketplace like the one grain
farmers have faced in the last few years, expanding an operation by adding acres
can be tough, especially for young or less-established farmers. Even when
markets are more bullish, competition can keep some buyers on the sideline when
a nearby 40-, 80- or quarter-section of land becomes available.
No matter the dynami... Continue reading
BUYING FARMLAND? HERE ARE THREE TIPS TO GET IT FINANCED
CREATING A LONG-TERM BUSINESS PLAN
August 11, 2019
Ask the right questions and think like a
lender when assessing your business’s viability.
Planning ahead is a
critical component of any successful ag venture, from the smallest farm to the
largest agribusiness. Though it’s important to think ahead in the short-term to
help guide effective day-to-day work and decision-making, it’s even more
imperative to plan for the long-term success of a farm or ag business.
THREE STEPS TO A SOLID LONG-TERM PLAN FOR YOUR OPERATION
KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORE
May 28, 2019
It’s a simple three-digit
number that can make a difference worth thousands of dollars in how you finance
and manage your ag operation. Knowing your credit score is important; but even
more critical is knowing how you can improve it. Improving your score can help
in the long run so finance charges don’t add up and erode the revenue potential
of your farm or ranch.
A credit score speaks to
the management of both your business and your pers... Continue reading
Preferential financing options grow with stronger credit scores.
THE BENEFITS OF PLANNING AHEAD
April 22, 2019
It’s a common refrain among too many farmers and
ranchers today: “We know we need an estate plan, but we don’t have it yet.
We’ll get to it one of these days.”
Often, “one of these days” never arrives, then an
abrupt, unplanned change happens — a farm patriarch or matriarch passes away, a
family divide develops, or the next generation steers away from taking the
reins of the farm — and suddenly, you have a major problem. Changing family and
business dynamics means you’re going to have to ma... Continue reading
5 tips to start your estate planning
How's Your Farm's Liquidity?
March 19, 2019
A trio of factors continue to increase financial
stress on a lot of farms around the U.S., though there are indicators of how
much damage that stress is inflicting and what it means to future financial
At the 2019 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum
in February, Economic Research Service (ERS) Economist Greg Lyons presented data showing how the seven-year downturn in grain markets is influencing
key variables that indicate farm operations' financial strength — namely farm
incomes,... Continue reading
Think short-and long term to strengthen your farm's financial footing