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Farmland Values Stabilizing

Year-over-year farmland values are still strong. In fact, in the Chicago Federal Reserve district, land values posted another double-digit year-over-year gain (10 percent) for the eighth quarter in a row, as of April 1. But the rate of increase is slowing down...

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Farm Interest Rates at Levels Not Seen in 15+ Years

Rates on both non-real estate and real estate loans have risen quickly and were nearly 4.5 and 3.5 percentage points higher than the end of 2021, respectively.

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Midwestern Farmland: Strong, Market, Weakening Fundamentals

“I do want to emphasize the financial condition of the ag sector is very healthy,” says Hensley. “But it’s also clear that we are transitioning into a different market than a year-ago..."

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Landowner Considerations for Wind and Solar Contracts

Landowners should carefully weigh the  potential  benefits and drawbacks  of leasing their land  for renewable energy...

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Farmland Value Update - Summer 2023

Our expectation is that we will continue to see good competition for the best quality land, with market participants who use a very sharp pencil to determine how far they will go in pursuit of new farmland acquisitions. 

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Grain Markets - Summer 2023

The corn and soybean markets continue to experience significant volatility. Agriculture has been fortunate to experience strong commodity prices for the past several years, and U.S. corn and soybean yields have been relatively consistent during that period. Fortunately, demand for those commodities has also been strong.

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Investment in Wealth for Generations

Landowners Edward Otrusina and Julie Smith believe they’ve found the key to stewardship with one simple yet powerful approach: “Leave it better than you found it.” Today, this guiding principle has helped the siblings establish a sustainable family legacy that will endure for years to come.

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