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Ag Credit Conditions Remain Stable … For Now

Higher interest rates and closer scrutiny by ag lenders could create hurdles for equipment dealers and their customers in 2018.
In its Feb. 4 Ag Finance Databook and Feb. 15 Ag Credit Survey report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City characterized current credit conditions as “stabilized modestly but continuing to show signs of weakness … despite signs of stabilizing in the fourth quarter, bankers’ expectations were for loan demand to strengthen and loan repayment rates to weaken slightly in the first quarter of 2018.”
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Have U.S. Farmland Values Peaked?

Considering that farm real estate (land and buildings) is the single largest asset on the farm-sector's balance sheet, trends affecting farmland values are always a good thing for ag machinery dealers and manufacturers to keep an eye on. Right now, it appears farmland values have reached their zenith and will begin to plateau or decline somewhat.
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