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Farmer sentiment rebounds amidst ongoing COVID-19 concerns

July 7, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO — Farmer sentiment improved in June for the second month in a row, rebounding from sharp declines that took place in both March and April, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index was up 14 points from May to a reading of 117. The Ag Economy…

COVID-19 continues to impact farmer sentiment; majority indicate economic assistance bill necessary

June 2, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO — Farmer sentiment improved slightly in May after falling sharply in both March and April, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index was up 7 points from April to a reading of 103, but it remained nearly 40 percent below its all time high of 168…

Ag barometer index drops below 100 as coronavirus disrupts agriculture

May 5, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO — Coronavirus concerns, commodity price declines and supply-chain disruptions sink producer sentiment to a three-year low, according to the April Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer recorded a reading of 96, marking the first time the barometer has fallen below 100 since October 2016 registering 72 points below…

Farmer sentiment plummets as coronavirus concerns rise

April 7, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO —The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer recorded its largest one-month drop in sentiment during March. The barometer dipped 47 points to a reading of 121, as concerns over the impact of the global pandemic on the agricultural economy weighed heavily on farmers’ minds. The Ag Economy Barometer is based…

Optimism about current conditions pushes farmer sentiment index to all-time high

March 3, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Producers’ perception of improved current conditions in the agricultural economy pushed the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer to all-time record highs. The barometer rose to 168 in February, an increase of one point from January, and was up 18 points since December. This month’s increase was attributable to…

Expectations for improved trade with China sends farmer sentiment soaring

February 4, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – There was a sharp rise in agricultural producer sentiment in January as the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 17 points from December to a reading of 167. Although the Index of Current Conditions was essentially unchanged, up one point to a reading of 142, the Index of…

Farmers optimistic about the future, even as their perception of current economic conditions drops

January 7, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Producer sentiment regarding current economic conditions of the agricultural economy dropped 12 points in December, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The Index of Current Conditions registered a reading of 141, down from 153 in November. Meanwhile, the Index of Future Expectations remained strong, up 2…

Farmer sentiment jumps up in November as harvest winds down

December 3, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Agricultural economy sentiment tied with its highest reading of 2019, according to the November Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Rising for a second month in a row, the barometer improved to a reading of 153 in November, up 17 points from October and matching the previous high set…

Farmer sentiment on trade and the overall ag economy improves as fall harvest gets underway

November 5, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer improved 15 points to a reading of 136 in October. The upswing is attributable to 15-point increases in both of the barometer’s sub-indices. The Index of Current Conditions rose to a reading of 115 and the Index of Future Expectations rose to…

Farmer sentiment regarding current conditions slips in September

October 1, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Farmers became much more pessimistic about current conditions on their own farms and in the U.S. agricultural economy in late summer, according to the September Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. While the overall Ag Economy Barometer reading dipped slightly to a reading of 121, down three points from…