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Farm Lending Stabilizes, but Bank Liquidity Tightening

Lending at agricultural banks appeared to stabilize in the third quarter of 2017, but risks in the sector have remained alongside a persistently weak agricultural economy.

Rural Mainstreet Index Rises for October

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index rose from Septembers reading, but remained below growth neutral, according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

Report Shows Uncertainty Harming Farmers

Trade and regulatory uncertainty is hampering U.S. Farmers. A report shows that for the fourth straight year, global agricultural productivity growth is not accelerating fast enough to sustainably feed the world in 2050.

TPP Members Nearing Agreement

As the U.S. remains focused on reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement, and to a lesser extent, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is heading closer to reality.

NAFTA Talks Reach Standstill

Agriculture and other contentious issues proposed by the U.S. during round four of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks has stalled the renegotiation effort. The U.S., Canada and Mexico have now agreed to extend the talks into 2018.

Deere wins trademark lawsuit in protection of green and yellow colors

A U.S. District Court in Kentucky has ruled in favor of Deere & Company in a lawsuit that was filed to protect use of the trademark green and yellow color combination on John Deere agricultural equipment.

EPA Ending "Sue and Settle"

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is touting a directive he signed this week to end the EPAs so-called sue and settle strategy, a practice agriculture groups opposed. Pruitt issued an Agency-wide directive Monday to end the pra

Tractor Sales Fall in September

Overall sales of tractors were lower in September compared to last year. The Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly report on equipment sales found the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in September 2017, were down 10 percent compared to the s

Trade Expert: U.S. is Setting Up NAFTA for Failure

Trade experts in Canada speculate President Donald Trump may be arranging the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations to allow the U.S. to walk away from the trade deal.

Growth Energy Announces More than 1,000 Fuel Stations Offering E15 in U.S.

Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15a fuel with 15 percent ethanolmore than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.

USDA Processing Pending Conservation Reserve Program Continuous Enrollment Offers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fisc

Food Dialogues at University of Nebraska Explores Ways to Pivot the GMO Conversation

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with the Nebraska Soybean Board hosted a Food Dialogues: Pivoting the GMO Conversation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nearly 7,000 people have viewed the livestream.

House Passes 2018 Budget Resolution

The House passed its 2018 budget resolution paving the way for tax reform and for a new farm bill to be written. Although the resolution includes $10 billion in cuts to agriculture, the Senate version of the resolution, has no instructions for cuts to agr

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Rises to Healthy Level

The October Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region stretching from Arkansas to North Dakota, climbed to a healthy reading, according to the latest monthly survey results.

And so it begins...Tax Reform

Many agriculture groups are being encouraged by several provisions in President Donald J. Trump's ta reform framework on Wednesday. There seems to be cautious optimism, but there is a long road to go before any vote is taken.

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