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Chicago Fed to Host Global Ag Conference

Anyone remotely interested in US agriculture and its ties to the global economy should make plans to attend the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Agricultural Conference on Tuesday, November 28. The focus of the one-day event will be agricultural trade

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

Downward Trend in Corn Belt Land Values Comes to a Halt

Farmland values in the Seventh Federal Reserve District remained steady in the first quarter of 2017, a welcome development that ended a two-year slide in land values in the Midwest. As the chart below demonstrates, this newfound stability applied to

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, Ohio

Indiana, Wisconsin Bolster Corn Belt Land Values

The American Farmer did it again in 2016: besting all-time records for corn and bean production. The increased volume almost compensated for falling commodity prices. Almost. – The Editors NATIONAL — TREND At 15.1 billion bushels, US corn production in

Posted in Agriculture, Equities, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, News Desk, Ohio, Wisconsin

Land Report 2016 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Wilder Farms Acquisition by Farmland Partners

It’s not often that more than a dozen square miles of Illinois farmland come to market at one time, but that’s exactly what happened last December. The 46 tracts were spread out over two counties, just east of the Iowa

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Posted in Agriculture, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Illinois, Midwest

Sale of Australia’s S. Kidman & Co. Garners Deal of the Year Honors

Other honorees from 2016 include Ranchland Deal of the Year, Agriculture Deal of the Year, and Timberland Deal of the Year. A remarkable series of landmark transactions takes center stage in the Spring 2017 issue of The Magazine of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Great Plains, Illinois, International, Midwest, News Desk, Oklahoma, Timber

Bumper Crop Gird Land Values

Farmland values in the Midwest decreased by just 1 percent in 2016, thanks to record-setting production numbers. At 15.1 billion bushels, US corn production in 2016 jumped 11 percent over 2015 to set a new record. Soybeans enjoyed a similar

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

2016 Marks Third Consecutive Drop in Corn Belt Farm Values

The Seventh Federal Reserve District reported a 1% drop in agricultural land values in 2016. This follows decreases of 3% in both 2015 and 2014. Senior Business Economist David Oppedahl noted the following: – The decrease in the agricultural land

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

1031 Exchanges Endangered

Congress considers eliminating key landowner tax tool. Grover Norquist is bullish on the prospects for passage of tax reform legislation this year. However, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform is sounding an alarm on the potential repeal

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Food Costs Fall, and Farmland Values Follow

Not even the Cubs’ World Series victory could prevent the Corn Belt from enduring a fourth straight quarter of year-over-year declines in farmland values. – The Editors NATIONAL — TREND Only a few years have passed since commodity prices reached

Posted in Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

Farmland Partners Acquires 8,638 Acres of Illinois Farmland at Auction for $55 Million

River bottomland goes for $6,400-plus per acre. Farmland Partners Inc. (FPI) has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire 8,638 acres of row crop farms in Illinois for $55.3 million in cash. The Denver-based REIT will fund the transaction with

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Farming, Feature, Illinois, Midwest

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