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Industry Consolidation Part 1

Number of U.S. Farms Declines While Size of Farms Increases

Farm consolidation over the last 3 decades has led to fewer, but larger production farms, while small lifestyle farms have risen in number and will drive demand of small farm equipment.
Dow and DuPont. Monsanto and Bayer. John Deere and Blue River Technology. AGCO and Precision Planting. In almost every segment of the agriculture industry — from chemical and seed, to farm equipment and technology — consolidation is taking place. And the cause of these major mergers is a direct reflection of what is taking place on the end user side: farm consolidation.
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Not Everything's Downbeat Down on the Farm

Reading about projections for a significant falloff in net farm income and cash receipts in the year ahead might lead you to think that farmers are in desperate shape. But the fact is after coming off 4 or 5 really strong years, as a whole, U.S. farmers are sitting pretty nicely when it comes to strong assets and low debt levels.
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