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The spikes and dives in today's markets deliver tremendous opportunity and risk. That’s why Farm Journal and our sister brands Top Producer, AgWeb and AgDay TV have launched a new series called "Ready for the Ride." We'll provide insights and tools to help you prepare and leverage your odds for success—because the stakes are too high not to be ready.

 

Risk Management News

  • Researchers Test Alfalfa with Bermudagrass to Increase Forage Quality,


    10/18/2017 02:40 PM

    Clemson researchers are teaming with area farmers to learn how to grow alfalfa with bermudagrass to increase forage quality.

  • JBS Shutters Seven Packing Plants
    10/18/2017 02:18 PM A court-ordered $230 million asset freeze has forced the closure of JBS activities in a Brazilian state.
  • Trump Tells EPA to Halt Ethanol Quota Changes Amid Iowa Uproar
    10/18/2017 02:12 PM

    Trump Tells EPA to Halt Ethanol Quota Changes Amid Iowa Uproar

  • Iconic Green and Yellow Remain Property of Deere & Co.
    10/18/2017 01:59 PM

    John Deere’s iconic green and yellow machinery colors are going to remain just that—John Deere’s, according to a U.S. District Court ruling in Paducah, Ky.

    Deere & Company had filed the lawsuit to prevent the use of its trademark color combination by FIMCO, Inc. The South Dakota company manufactures and markets agricultural sprayers under the brand name Ag Spray Equipment.
     
    Deere said the lawsuit is part of an ongoing and vigorous effort to protect the company’s trademarks and intellectual property.
     

  • Video
    Corn Has "No Reason" to Rally
    10/18/2017 01:55 PM

    In the latest USDA crop production report, October corn yields were raised 1.9 bushels per acre from the September forecast. The government agency is expecting King Corn to yield 171.8 bushels per acre, a decrease of 2.8 bushels from last year.

  • U.S. Milk Exports to Taiwan Could Set New Record
    10/18/2017 01:48 PM

    In America today, one day’s worth of milk produced on farms each week is sold to another country. One country of growing importance to U.S. export markets is Taiwan.

  • Know the Cost of Prepaying a Loan
    10/18/2017 01:02 PM

    I know a producer who took out a 20-year loan for roughly $17 million a few years ago, when times were more prosperous. Like many farmers and ranchers today, he’s been forced to refinance with another lender to unlock the equity in the real-estate collateral that backed his original loan. By refinancing, he can access more money, which his farm operation needs today. But paying off his original loan early has come at an enormous cost: a “prepayment penalty” of nearly $5 million.

    You might not expect to pay off your loan before it matures—but this can, and does, happen. As debt restructuring increases among farmers and ranchers in this low-price environment, it’s important to be aware of prepayment penalties before you sign a loan contract.

  • Want to Gain Twice Your Annual Income?
    10/18/2017 12:47 PM Businesses with engaged workers attain twice the annual net income of those who aren't as engrossed.
  • CAB Insider: Marbling Bred in More Than Fed In
    10/18/2017 12:39 PM

    Quality abounds, despite lighter carcass weights.

  • Video
    Will We See Soybean Crop "On Steroids" Like Last Year? Probably Not
    10/18/2017 12:06 PM

    In September, the USDA forecasted soybean yields would be 49.9 bushels per acre, but in its October report, it shaved 0.4 bushels off that number. This action is causing some market analysts to believe this is the signal of a harvest low.