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Cash Rents Again Mostly Steady in 2019
Cash Rents Again Mostly Steady in 2019 Opinion | 05/14/2019

Cash rent terms are one of the most popular items of discussion in farm country today. As more farm leases switched from a crop share lease to a cash rent lease, both farmers and landowners paid attention to the rates...

One Billion Acres of BT crops, zero
One Billion Acres of BT crops, zero "Unintended Consequences" Opinion | 05/09/2019

More than one billion acres of farmland around the world have been used to grow crops that have been genetically engineered with proteins from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Real Net Farm Income Trends and Outlook
Real Net Farm Income Trends and Outlook Opinion | 04/29/2019

As with other income-generating real property assets, such as commercial buildings, net income is important in valuing farm and ranch land. Income that the asset generates over the years is the underlying basis in determining the asset's value.

Fire in the Sky
Fire in the Sky Opinion | 04/29/2019

Kansas Farm Bureau's Greg Doering talks about the prescribed burning season in the Flint Hills this year.

The Recovery Process
The Recovery Process Opinion | 04/22/2019

President Trump acted quickly and decisively to approve a federal disaster declaration requested by Governor Ricketts and supported by the entire Nebraska congressional delegation.

The Real Whopper
The Real Whopper Opinion | 04/20/2019

We’re not even a third of the way through 2019, but we already have a frontrunner for a political fact-checker’s annual “Lie of the Year” award according to NCBA President Jennifer Houston

The Impact of Flooding on Farmland Values
The Impact of Flooding on Farmland Values Opinion | 04/15/2019

The eyes of the nation were riveted on last month's epic flooding in parts of Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. The toll on people's daily lives, their homes, and businesses continues to impact those who were in the flooded areas.

Crude Oil Price Surge, Seasonal Patterns Driving Gasoline Price Increases, Not Ethanol
Crude Oil Price Surge, Seasonal Patterns Driving Gasoline Price Increases, Not Ethanol Opinion | 04/11/2019

There has been considerable discussion lately regarding the reasons for rising gasoline prices in the late winter and early spring of 2019, including the potential role of ethanol following the Midwest floods in March.

Trends to Watch That May Affect Land Values
Trends to Watch That May Affect Land Values Opinion | 04/11/2019

Farmers National Company's Randy Dickhut talks about some of the factors to look for that may have an affect on land values.

USDA’s FSIS Condemns The Washington Post for False Reporting on a Critical Public Health Issue
USDA’s FSIS Condemns The Washington Post for False Reporting on a Critical Public Health Issue Opinion | 04/10/2019

The Washington Post says that democracy dies in darkness. If that’s the case, then The Washington Post’s story about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a solar eclipse.