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CoBank 2018 Year Ahead Report: Forces That Will Shape the Rural Economy

Expect an expanding global economy, strong U.S. consumer confidence and persistent economic recovery in many rural areas, but temper that optimism with another year of on-farm belt tightening due to lingering financial stress from low commodity prices.

Rural Mainstreet Index Sinks for January

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index declined slightly in January from Decembers weak reading, remaining below growth neutral, according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on ag and/or energy

USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

USDA-FSA has announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through commercial lenders in 2017.

USDA Rule Allows Pork Imports From Mexico

USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing a science-based risk assessment that determined Mexico is free of Classical Swine Fever (CSF), highly contagious viral disease in pigs. It was eradicated from the United States in t

USW Worried Steel Industry Demands Could Disrupt Trade and Threaten National Security

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) sounds has sounded an alarm in reaction to the Department of Commerces announcement that it has submitted to the White House the results of its Section 232 investigation of the national security implications of steel imports

January Crop Production Report

U.S. corn production 14.6 billion bu., down 4%, soybean production 4.39 billion bu., up 2%, sorghum 364 million bu. down 24% from 2016.Cotton production up 24% from last year.

Kansas 2017 Annual Crop Production Summary

Kansas 2017 grain production shows corn estimated at 686 million bu., down 2%, soybean production 189 million bushels, down 2%, sorghum production down 25% from 2016. Cotton production up 161% from last year.

Nebraska 2017 Annual Crop Production Summary

Nebraska corn production estimated at 1.68 billion bu., soybean production for 2017 at record high at 326 million bu. Sorghum production down 33%, sugarbeets up 2%, dry edible beans had a record high yield.

Corn and Soybean stocks up, Wheat stocks down

U.S. corn stocks total 12.5 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Soybeans stocks at 3.16 billion bushels up 9 percent from 2016 and all wheat stored at 1.87 billion bushels, down 10 percent from a year ago.

Gallagher Named President of Heartland Plant Innovations

Dusti Gallagher, a veteran on the agriculture industry has been named president and chief executive officer of Heartland Plan Innovations, Inc. Heartland Plant Innovations is a for-profit company located in Manhattan, KS. Poll

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