Farmers doubt China will meet phase-one target for ag imports

The “phase one” Sino-U.S. trade agreement called for a doubling or tripling of U.S. ag exports to China, but with four months left in the year more farmers than not are skeptical the sales bonanza will be realized, according to a Purdue University poll released on Tuesday. There is reason for …

With harvest at hand, farmers’ coronavirus thoughts turn to marketing

Farmers and ranchers are increasingly focusing on market access for their crops and livestock as the coronavirus grips the world, said the Ag Economy Barometer on Tuesday. In a poll by Purdue University for the monthly gauge of farmer sentiment, 45 percent of producers said market access was …

Coronavirus fears ease, but many farmers expect a worse year financially

An unusually large portion of U.S. farmers and ranchers expects worse financial performance on their farms this year than last, said a Purdue University poll released on Tuesday. And although producers are less worried by the coronavirus pandemic than in the spring, they are calling for …

Trade war and planting delays erode farmer confidence

U.S. farmers don’t expect the Sino-US trade war to end soon and fewer of them expect to be winners when it does, said a Purdue poll released on Tuesday. The monthly Ag Economy Barometer said farmer confidence was the the lowest since October 2016, wiping out the “Trump bump” that followed the …

Fewer farmers aim to expand their operations

It may be hard times in agriculture but a larger share of farmers than a year ago say they don’t plan to expand their operations or get out of farming. Half of operators now hold those views, compared to 39 percent in 2018, according to the Ag Economy Barometer produced by Purdue University. …