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USDA reduces frequency of county cash-rents survey
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, citing lack of funds, is cutting back on an annual survey that can help farmers and landowners determine fair farmland rental rates. The 2014 survey is already completed, however, so just-beginning negotiations for 2015 rental rates won’t be affected.
Monday, November, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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2014 farm incomes in Red River Valley plummet from 2012 highs
There has been a dramatic change in the economic environment of Red River Valley agriculture, as documented by Farm Business Management Program reports from 230 farms in North Dakota and Minnesota during the 2012 to 2014 period.
Friday, May, 22, 2015 - - News

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Red ink on beets, corn for RRV
FARGO, N.D. — Farmers outside the Red River Valley in North Dakota did better financially in 2013 than farmers inside the valley, according to the annual North Dakota Farm Management Education Report. That happens only about two years out of 10.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Land values down after long increase
FARGO, N.D. — Farm managers and rural appraiser groups from North Dakota and Minnesota have recently published reports confirming what most farmers and landowners already sense — land values and rental markets softened in the 2014 calendar year.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Flexible rent on the rise?
This could be the year flexible rent finally begins a comeback, area ag officials say.
Monday, December, 15, 2014 - Agweek - News

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U.S. Corn Belt farmland values steady but weakness seen
Prices for prime crop land in the central Corn Belt held up better than other regions in the first quarter, but the outlook for low grain prices looked likely to pressure land values and farm incomes further in coming months, according to Federal Reserve quarterly surveys of farm bankers issued on Thursday.
Friday, May, 15, 2015 - Reuters - News

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CRP signup begins
Though it’s been overshadowed by the late planting season, another Conservation Reserve Program signup began June 9. It’s too early to assess how popular this year’s signup will be, says Aaron Krauter, executive director of the North Dakota office of the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Monday, June, 16, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmers, landowners renegotiate rental agreements
In a normal year, many Upper Midwest farmers and landlords already would have agreed on 2015 rental rates for cropland and pasture. In a normal year, agricultural producers, bankers and economists would have a pretty good handle on rate trends for the new year.
Monday, December, 15, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmland rental rates a tough topic
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-win situation,” says Huot, a veteran Grand Forks (N.D.) County extension agent.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Rise in ag land prices slows
Upper Midwest agriculturalists have wondered when the big, multi-year run-up in farmland prices will end, or at least slow. A new study in South Dakota indicates the upturn might be running out of steam.
Monday, June, 16, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Harvest and crop insurance guarantees
As I reflect on my past market tracking, we’ve lost 50 cents per bushel on new-crop corn and another 70 cents per bushel on soybean harvest delivery prices in the past month. The price decline is being fueled by the large portion of excellent crop ratings across the nation as a whole.
Monday, August, 25, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Focusing on profitability for 2015
Given the current price levels seen at harvest, along with the forecast prices for 2015 crops and land costs not immediately decreasing, It looks as though profitability in 2015 will be achieved by focusing on controlling input costs rather than aiming for the highest yield.
Monday, December, 01, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA seeks input about 2015 crops
During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact nearly 5,100 operations across North Dakota to determine crop production and supplies levels in 2015.
Tuesday, May, 19, 2015 - - News

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Complexity adds risk
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Flexible leases have gained popularity in recent years and these agreements offer both advantages and disadvantages to landowners and tenants, says Kim Dillivan, South Dakota State University Extension crops business management field specialist.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - - News

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Farm program deadlines approach
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Remember what it was like as a child waiting for Christmas, summer vacation or the next day off school? The wait was long, and suddenly it was over in a flash. Commodity programs in the 2012 to 2014 farm bills are much like that.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - - News

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Farm policies have seen plenty of change
Beginning with the 1985 farm bill and coming to fruition in the 1996 farm bill, policymakers have sought to move away from inventory management policies that were designed to balance supply and demand for agricultural commodities at a price that allowed U.S. farmers to remain in production.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - - News

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Food demand expected to slow
With current prices at their lowest levels in years, some crop farmers will have to dip into savings to cover household expenses if prices do not increase
Friday, May, 15, 2015 - - News

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Tough decision coming up crucial to state’s farmers
North Dakota farmland owners and operators have several decisions to make about the 2014 farm bill legislation that became law this year. These decisions require more thought and offer more opportunities for North Dakota producers than elsewhere in the country because of the variety of crops grown and the fairly dramatic change in crop rotations and yields in the state.
Monday, September, 22, 2014 - - News

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Record sugar beet crop in Montana
Western Sugar Cooperative is going to have a big crop this year, and the biggest part of it will be in the Billings, Mont., production area.
Monday, September, 15, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Regional ag lender survey shows farm debt rising
It might not be a return to the 1980s credit crisis, but another ag lender survey shows a yellow light for “slow” in the region’s agricultural pace heading into 2015.
Monday, December, 08, 2014 - Agweek - News

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