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New Industry Formation in the Ancient Agricultural Industry

Farmland owners are increasingly thinking critically about the development of “sustainable” practices and effective structures to record, measure, and provide transparency to farming operations. To date, despite persistent global efforts, there has been little coordination and cooperation between agricultural reporting standards. Until now, no uniform metric system existed to enable farmland sustainability comparisons, across region, […]
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Leading Harvest Sets Universal Standard for Agriculture Sustainability

New non-profit removes barriers to sustainability, empowers producers to innovate, and launches with two million acres committed to enrollment.
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Three Benefits of a Farm Manager

The term farm manager is loosely defined and means different things to different people, depending on context and audience. In this article, we aspire to clarify terminology and clearly define the accretive value a Farm Manager can provide a farming operation.
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How covid-19 affects the farmland market

FARMLAND RETURN ON INVESTMENT IS SOLID AND STEADY. AND THAT’S OK. By Bill Spiegel In the 2014 book, The Death of Money, author James Rickards writes there are five assets people invest in over time to preserve their wealth. In order of importance, they include gold, undeveloped land (including farmland), fine art, hedge funds, and […]
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Redistribution of U.S. Farmland Balance Sheets

U.S. Net Farm Income has navigated a “rocky road” over the past seven years. Despite declines in Net Operating Income, farmland asset prices have continued to rise. The November 2019 - USDA Farm Sector Indicator report provides deep insight to farmland profitability and operational shifts that have occurred. As displayed below, Net Farm Income has […]
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Farm Economy: Debt to Income Signals Caution

Over the last few years we have documented a number of important trends in the financial condition of the U.S. farm sector.  These have included a decline in liquidity, rapidly growing amounts of real estate debt, and deteriorating repayment capacity.  While falling interest rates have helped to mitigate the impact of increased debt use, farm income […]
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COVID 19 And Global Agriculture: 5 Datasets To Watch

The team at agtech company Gro Intelligence is launching a full dashboard dedicated to COVID 19 and its effect on global agriculture. “The potential impact can’t be understated,” says Will Osnato senior research analyst with Gro Intelligence. “We are aiming to provide direct insights on the impact the outbreak is having.” Boiled down, here are the 5 […]
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Purdue Agricultural Economics Report

Welcome to our annual outlook issue of the Purdue Ag Econ Report (PAER), where we look back at last year and ahead at economic conditions for agriculture in 2020.
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Macros, Myths and Methods – Agriculture as an Investment

Food is one of mankind’s most basic survival needs and yet, the means by which is it produced, is largely misunderstood and underrepresented by the investment community. Agriculture is one of the oldest investment sectors in the world, time-tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Yet even today as farmland is widely acknowledgedas an alternative […]
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Continuing Education for Farm Management

Why Adaptability Matters on the Farm: Staying on Top of Trends through Education is Crucial for Farm Managers and Consultants The agricultural industry is ever evolving. Not only has the industry experienced paradigm shifts in technology and operational efficiencies, but the market for agricultural investment and management has shifted drastically over the past 30 years. […]
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Leading Harvest Sets the Standard

A new coalition of farmland owners and operators will introduce a sustainable agriculture standard in 2020. BY CARY ESTES If Earth is our home, then the kitchen takes up half our house. According to the World Bank, 50 percent of the world’s habitable land is dedicated to agriculture uses. In essence, our planet is a […]
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The Science Behind Microbial and Biological Products

MICROBIAL PRODUCTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO HELP FARMERS BETTER MANAGE NUTRIENTS AND SLAY PESTS. IMPROVING PRODUCT CONSISTENCY, THOUGH, IS KEY.
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Four Issues Affecting Ag Customers this Year

The following four topics address what we believe are our clients’ biggest concerns for 2019: INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONCERNS This issue continues to be at the forefront for the agriculture industry. Much of the price vola­tility we have seen in the past 18 months has been directly related to trade conflicts and uncer­tainty. This hits the […]
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