Ag Industry Trends & Outlooks

Discover insights, trends, ag market outlooks and other topical information as it relates to the Northeast's diverse agricultural industries. Brought to you by Knowledge Exchange from Farm Credit East.
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Farm Credit East Production Cost Index Plateaus at New High

After a rapid rise in 2021 and 2022, the Farm Credit East Production Cost Index has plateaued after relatively modest increases over the previous decade.  This index tracks farm production costs on a relative basis, weighted towards costs that affect Northeast producers most. Major components of the index include labor, energy, family living expenses, crop inputs, as well as costs like animal feed and other dairy-related expenses, given that sector’s prominence in our region.

May 6, 2024

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7 Strategies for Smart Liquidity Management

Simply defined, liquidity is having cash or assets on hand to pay bills and expenses. Liquidity is particularly important in agriculture given the unique risks – from fluctuating commodity prices and weather volatility to regulatory constraints — along with the financial characteristics of agricultural businesses, including seasonality, family living needs and capital investment considerations. 

May 21, 2024

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2024 Beneficial Ownership Information Webinar

In this webinar Farm Credit East experts will discuss the requirements of Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting including what entities are required to report, what entities are exempt, and how to determine who the beneficial owners are. We’ll cover the timelines for reporting, what information is needed to complete the filing, and when updates will be required to the initial filing. 

June 10, 2024

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Farm Credit East Offices Closed May 27

Farm Credit East offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The Federal Reserve System will also be closed, so ACH/Direct Deposit transactions will not be effective Monday, May 27. 

May 20, 2024

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A Healthy Farm Starts with a Healthy You

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is a good time to check in on your own mental wellbeing and that of your family, staff, and loved ones. 

May 14, 2024

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Protect Your Harvest from the Fury of Hail with Crop Growers Crop Insurance

Crop Growers, the insurance provider of Farm Credit East, provides coverage for reduced quality and production of crops resulting from hail events, giving acre-by-acre protection that can cover up to the full value of the crop.

May 08, 2024

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May 06, 2024

Northeast Economic Engine

Download Farm Credit East’s Northeast Economic Engine report, which analyzes the economic impact of the Northeast agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing industries. This report was released in November 2020. 

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2020 Northeast Economic Impact Report Cover