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Does Your Farm Need to Expand?

By Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

Even in today’s environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When considering these options, it is important to evaluate how farm growth impacts the farm’s strategy or strategic direction.

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Trade Uncertainties Lie Heavy Over ABA Ag Bankers Conference

By Alaina Webster

As snow flurries swirled outside Omaha’s CHI Health Center, talk of tariffs and trade wars swirled among the presenters and attendees gathered in Nebraska for the American Bankers Association’s National Agricultural Bankers Conference.

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Agricultural Loans in Bankruptcy

A lender’s guide to special issues in maximizing recovery.

By Zach Bancroft and Gary Barnes

Agricultural lenders must be proactive in handling agricultural loans when a borrower has filed bankruptcy due to the unique character of the collateral. Whether it be crops or animals, both can be of a perishable nature and require immediate attention in a bankruptcy case.

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Rural Economy Expands, but Ag Continues to Weaken

Almost half of bank CEOs expect farm loan defaults will be the biggest challenge of 2019, and only 22.9 percent (slightly more than one in five) bankers reported expanding economic conditions in their areas. This is according to the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for January.

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Trade Negotiations Loom Large over Farmers in 2019

American Farm Bureau Federation policy experts gave an overview of the issues expected to affect farmers and ranchers in 2019 in a workshop at the organization’s 100th Annual Convention.

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