Idaho Cattle Association Meeting Transitioning On-line

The Idaho Cattle Association’s annual Convention and Trade Show was scheduled for the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa Monday and Tuesday. But because of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the state, the in-person event has been canceled. However, the ICA is working on holding a virtual event. One of the issues that will […]

Farmland Transfer Program Secures New Funding to Help a New Generation of Ag

American Farmland Trust prides itself as protecting agricultural land, as well as promoting environmentally-sound farming practices and keeping farmers on their farmland. To do that, AFT has just received an award from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to fund the “Transitioning Land to a […]

AFT launches Initiative To Transform Agriculture

Last month, American Farmland Trust launched a new initiative the organization said will transform agriculture. The Farming is Our Future effort looks to reduce the rate of farmland loss by 5%, decrease carbon emissions by 650 million metric tons annually and increase the number of beginning farmers to the highest level reported in 50 years. […]

AFBF Market Intel: Cash Rents Stable in 2020

Farmland cash rent rates remain stable in 2020, according to a Market Intel analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The analysis found that during 2020, the average cash rental rates for cropland, irrigated cropland and pastureland were $139 per acre, $216 per acre and $13 per acre, respectively. These rates were mostly in line […]

Farmland Ownership Interest Growing

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more interest in farmland ownership. Farmers National Company said recently there is a growing interest by individuals and investment funds in owning land. Part of this interest, according to FNC, is because of COVID-19’s impact on their investment psychology and the desire to invest in a stable, long-term real asset. […]

Rural Mainstreet Index Rises Again

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained above growth-neutral in December.  It’s the fourth-straight month, and tenth time in the past 12 months in the Index moved higher.  The index is a monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region that depends on agriculture and/or energy.   While it’s still above […]

Warnick: More Must Be Done To Help Young Farmers Purchase Land

State Senator Judy Warnick said she has some concerns when it comes to the future of the agriculture industry in Washington.  She said she’s concerned many family farms will go under because of tedious and unneeded regulation from Olympia, which drives her during the legislative session and when lawmakers are out of session as well. […]

Cropland Cash Rental Rates Mixed Across the Northwest

Cropland rental expenses in Washington fell $1 year-over-year to $201 per acre.  Meanwhile, irrigated cropland in the Evergreen state increased by $2 per acre this year, coming in at $360.  And non-irrigated cropland rental expense is $75 per acre, unchanged from last year.   Oregon cropland comes in at $152 per acre, a $7 drop […]

Farmers National Company: Farmland Sales Have Increased

Farmers National Co. reports an increase in land sales in 2019.  A spokesman for the Nebraska based company said it is seeing an increase in the number of farmland sales by financially stressed producers due to multiple years of reduced income.  Despite the slower land market and cautious buyers, Farmers National Company is experiencing a […]