Common Ground Blog

Find trends, outlooks and more on financing rural America from Frontier Farm Credit.

Mar 1, 2024 | The Business of Agriculture

Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at economic factors shaping both the broader and agricultural economies and lessons from past downturns that producers can apply to their decision-making.

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Oct 20, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Scenario Planning

Watch as we discuss how to develop useful scenarios, consider how your strategies might change and build a better business strategy.

Sep 22, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Strategic Planning

Watch as we discuss how to shift your mindset into long-term strategic planning and the benefits of doing so.

Sep 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

All Eyes on Corn and Soybean Yields

Learn the market signals to watch as we head into harvest and begin thinking about 2024.

Aug 25, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Evaluating Cash Rental Rates

Watch as we discuss what's driving cash rental rates up and management strategies to implement going into 2024.

Aug 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Somewhat “As Expected” WASDE: What the August Report Means for Markets, Producers

Markets expected USDA to trim its projected 2023 yields for corn and soybeans. The surprise is in the August WASDE. The cuts were a bit deeper than anticipated.

Jul 31, 2023 | Country Living Homes

Demystifying Home Loan Appraisals: A Conversation with a Rural Appraiser

Gain a deeper understanding of how factors such as location, acreage and utilities influence the appraisal process for rural properties.

Jul 28, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Building and Improving Your Bench of Trusted Advisors

Watch as we discuss the importance of peers and advisors that improve your thinking and discuss strategies for getting started.

Jul 21, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Challenges of Today Present Opportunities for Tomorrow

Advice to young and beginning producers on understanding risks – and which ones to take – in order to grow an operation.

Jul 18, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Continued Gains in Farmland Values in Eastern Kansas

The value of farmland in eastern Kansas increased 6.2% in the first half of 2023. Frontier Farm Credit reports a gain of 10.6% compared to July 2022.

Jul 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Bearish WASDE: What the July Report Means for Markets, Producers

While USDA was expected to lower its yield estimate for 2023 corn, the move is still significant. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the July WASDE means for markets and producers.

Jun 23, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Financing the Next Generation: Transitioning Assets

Watch as we unpack the two main drivers of a farm business – operations and assets – and discuss asset transition strategies.

Jun 8, 2023 | Crop Insurance

A Different Way To Manage Livestock Risk

Discover how livestock producers can manage risk with insurance options like Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) and Livestock Gross Margin (LGM).

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