Thomas Jefferson recognized more than a century ago that “agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” Today, agriculture, food, and related industries contribute more than $1 trillion to U.S. GDP. They account for more...
The financing of a commercial farming operation presents unique issues for lenders, regardless of their status as secured, potentially secured, or unsecured. 1 Many of these issues are intrinsic to production agriculture. Others are the product of special legislation. Still others are attributable...
Many insolvency industry gray beards who live in states where agriculture is a major industry will remember the 1980s farm crisis. That’s when agriculture loan default rates exceeded 6 percent, many family farms were lost forever to foreclosure, Farm Aid Concerts were held to help financially...
Times were good for U.S. corn producers back in 2012, when prices stood at $7 a bushel. But since then, producers have watched as $7 fell to below $4, where prices have remained for nearly five years. Like corn, other farm commodities are also feeling the pain of depressed prices. Soybeans, wheat,...
Financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal have been running articles on rising distress among agricultural producers. Many turnaround professions, particularly those in the Midwest, have seen an uptick in the number of farm bankruptcies and foreclosures. While it does not appear this...