National Association of Wheat Growers President, Gordon Stoner says: "Failing to keep the government open due to funding is fiscally irresponsible and bad for farmers and all of agriculture.
The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index declined slightly in January from Decembers weak reading, remaining below growth neutral, according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on ag and/or energy
Expect an expanding global economy, strong U.S. consumer confidence and persistent economic recovery in many rural areas, but temper that optimism with another year of on-farm belt tightening due to lingering financial stress from low commodity prices.
USDA-FSA has announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through commercial lenders in 2017.
U.S. corn production 14.6 billion bu., down 4%, soybean production 4.39 billion bu., up 2%, sorghum 364 million bu. down 24% from 2016.Cotton production up 24% from last year.
Kansas 2017 grain production shows corn estimated at 686 million bu., down 2%, soybean production 189 million bushels, down 2%, sorghum production down 25% from 2016. Cotton production up 161% from last year.