Safeguard people first in farm disaster planning

With the arrival of spring comes greater chances of floods and tornadoes that farmers and other agricultural business owners should plan for while avoiding any temptation to "risk it all to save the barn" during a disaster, a Purdue Extension disaster education specialist says. FULL STORY »

Nebraska ag land worth 25% more, retraction expected

All-land value in Nebraska is estimated to be $3,040 per acre, more than double the estimate from three years ago, but values may not remain inflated. FULL STORY »

Farmers, ranchers mitigate impacts of drought with good planning

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is helping to mitigate impacts of drought across the nation. With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather. FULL STORY »

Indiana crop insurance payouts top $1 billion

Indiana farmers so far have received a state record $1 billion in crop insurance payments from losses last year when drought ravaged crops throughout the state. FULL STORY »

Decision-making now turns to ACRE vs. direct payments

You have made your decision about crop insurance, and now your focus will turn to making a decision about participating in a farm program. FULL STORY »

Illinois farm sells for $15K an acre

Demand for farmland in the country’s fertile Crop Belt is still hot, as seen in an Illinois auction where a local farm sold for a whopping $15,375 per acre. FULL STORY »

As cuts loom, U.S. farm groups look for lower-cost crop subsidies

U.S. farm groups are looking for a formula to lower crop subsidy spending dramatically and end regional infighting ahead of new congressional demands for cuts in a farm bill now costing $10 billion more than planned. FULL STORY »

Agriculture, the Fed is watching you!

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee meets March 19 and 20 to discuss the latest updates on the U.S. economy and agriculture will be on the agenda. FULL STORY »

Indiana farmland values to continue climbing

A Purdue University survey shows that Indiana farmland values have continued to increase despite last summer's severe drought, and farm managers and rural appraisers from across the state expect the trend to continue. FULL STORY »

Spring pork price recovery threatened

Hog prices have dropped sharply in the past month, falling from about $67 per live hundredweight in early February to $58 recently. These declining prices raise concerns over the spring price recovery and whether that recovery will be strong enough to push hog prices up to breakeven levels as had been expected. FULL STORY »

The crop insurance ball now in your court

When all was said and done, the spring guarantees for revenue types of crop insurance were a long way from recent highs in the commodity market, and were practically parallel to the spring guarantees of 2012, a year ago. FULL STORY »

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