Farm Economy Update: Producer and Stakeholder Response to Volatile Markets

Monday, February 12th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

328A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510

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Analysts and researchers will discuss the current condition, approaches for communicating and assisting farmers, and policy research related to the farm economy. The agricultural economy has changed dramatically over the last decade, with consecutive year-on-year declines in farm income despite strong crop and livestock production levels. The USDA forecast for 2017 net farm income is $63.2 billion, roughly half of the 2013 level of $123.8 billion. (Adjusted for inflation to 2017 dollars, 2013 net farm income was $131.3 billion.) The sector as a whole has experienced lower commodity prices and rising input costs, including rising interest rates. In response, producers have spent down cash savings and liquidated inventories, and as a result solvency risk remains low in the sector. The decreased levels of well-being for many commercial farm operations is expected to trickle down to other stakeholders as the sector adjusts to a new equilibrium. Machinery and equipment dealer downturns can be expected to extend to lenders, labor, and especially landlords.

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C-FARE wishes you peace and prosperity in 2018.

To all our agricultural and applied economics expert volunteers and community members, thank you for making 2017 a wonderful year.

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Over the course of the last few years we've engaged the community, enabling them to share their work via briefings, workshops, reports, congressional and Administration visits, webinars, and via priority setting. Your voice and expertise make our efforts on behalf of the profession valuable. We are currently seeking proposal ideas for the 2018 and 2019 program years. Submit your ideas here.

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