An executive with Farm Credit Mid-America says despite some softening in land values farmland is still a good investment in the long term.
Dennis Badger, vice-president of collateral risk management says a recent Farm Credit Mid-America survey showed a decline of nearly 6 percent in Indiana and a slight increase of .4 percent in Ohio.Â âMost folks would look beyond the next 1 to 2, even 3 year period where profits would be low â if not slightly negative,â he says.Â
The USDA has released a report detailing the economic impact of a hypothetical closure of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River.
Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek says these scenarios bring to light howÂ a lock failure would negatively impact the profitability of U.S. farmers.
“The reality is, we operate in an industry with very tight margins.Â So we just don’t have the ability to absorb cost escalations due to a transportation challenge, bottleneck or failure.Â
The commander for the 7th Brigade of the Armyâs ROTC program says the National FFA Organization instills the leadership skills that are beneficial to the nationâs military.
Colonel Lance Oskey says the FFA members he meets have the desired level of commitment the Army seeks.Â âBoth to their school and to something more than just their school community â like the FFA organization,â he says.Â âThat sort of commitment marries well with the commitment we seek with service towards something bigger than yourself.Â