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Survey says farmers less inclined to make capital investments on farms

The head of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture says profitability concerns have farmers less inclined to make capital investments on their farms. Jim Mintert says the Farm Capital Investment Index declined again in the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. “Last fall,... Read More.

Michigan specialty crop farms see increase in 2022 Census

The latest Ag Census finds Michigan has lost more than 2,000 farms and nearly 300,000 acres of farmland since 2017, but there were some surprising increases. NASS Director for the Great Lakes Region Marlo Johnson tells Brownfield, “The number of farms and land and... Read More.

Census shows fewer Wisconsin farms have Internet access

The newly released USDA Census of Agriculture shows Wisconsin farms are still struggling to get Internet access. USDA statistician Greg Bussler says a higher percentage of farms had access to the Internet in 2022 compared to 2017. “In 2022, 79% of Wisconsin farms... Read More.

Census of Ag shows significant decline in U.S. farms and ranches

The USDA has released the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and it shows a continued decrease in the number of U.S. farming operations. “I’m concerned about the state of agriculture and food production in this country,” Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Vilsack... Read More.

Finstad concerned Prop 12 “could devastate family farms”

A member of the House Agriculture Committee is very concerned about ramifications of Proposition 12. Minnesota Republican Brad Finstad says California’s animal housing law essentially means one state can dictate economic terms for the rest of the country. “So Prop 12 has been devastating for... Read More.

Wisconsin, Minnesota lost 7.4% of dairy farms in 2023

The number of dairy farms continues to fall.  Wisconsin lost 455 dairy farms in 2023 according to statistics from the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.  Minnesota lost 146 dairy farms between January 1st and the end of November, putting both... Read More.

Michigan farms expanding solar following new legislation

Some Michigan farms in the process of adding solar to offset energy use are expanding production to benefit from new clean energy legislation. Allen Bonthuis with Harvest Solar tells Brownfield farmers can now produce 110 percent of their renewable energy needs and be compensated... Read More.

Financial performance for many farms better than expected in ’23

Farmers are more confident in their farms’ financial performance according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.  Ag economist Jim Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, says the Farm Financial Performance Index has risen 11 points since before harvest. “A... Read More.

Shop Kansas Farms to Hold Market of Farms in Lyons

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Shop Kansas Farms (SKF) will hold its third Market of Farms on Saturday, April 29, in Lyons featuring farmers and ranchers from across the state selling homegrown beef, pork, poultry, eggs, honey, jams, jellies and more.“We’re excited to return to the... Read More.

Total Number of U.S. Farms Declines by Nearly 10,000

UNDATED (HPM) - The USDA’s latest report on farms estimates that the U.S. lost nearly 10,000 farms in 2022. The number of acres of farmland also decreased, while the average size of a farm has gone up slightly, especially for farms making a million... Read More.