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Strong Commodity Prices and Improved Financial Conditions Boost Ag Economy Barometer

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021


The Ag Economy Barometer rose in March to 177, the highest reading for the barometer since the record high reading of 184 in October. Strong ag commodity prices and improved farm financial conditions continue to support the Ag Economy Barometer readings as we head into spring.

Producers Bullish About Farmland Values Amid Strong Current Conditions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021


February’s Ag Economy Barometer changed very little compared to January, down 2 points to a reading of 165. Ongoing strength in ag commodity prices and farm income continue to support producers’ perspective on current conditions while concerns about possible policy changes affecting agriculture and eroding confidence in future growth in ag trade continue to weigh […]

Ag Barometer drifts lower, farmers remain concerned about the future despite strong economic conditions

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021


The Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in January to a reading of 167, a decline of 7 points compared to December and equal to the index’s November reading. The barometer’s decline over the last three months is all attributable to weaker expectations for the future as the Index of Future Expectations has fallen 35 points.

Farmer sentiment rises as income prospects improve, concerns about key policy issues remain

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021


Farmer sentiment improved modestly in December as the Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 174, up 7 points from November. Both of the barometer’s sub-indices, the Index of Current Conditions and the Index of Future Expectations, were higher in December than in November although the current conditions improvement was three-times the size of […]

Farmer sentiment pulls back post-election: regulation, trade, and taxes rated as top concerns

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020


U.S. farmers sentiment weakened following the November 2020 elections, as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell 16 points from a month earlier to a reading of 167. The decline in the Ag Economy Barometer was the result of weakened expectations for the future on the part of agricultural producers.

Ag Economy Barometer Rises to Record High On Improving Financial Conditions

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020


Farmer sentiment hit a new record high in October as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer climbed to a reading of 183, a 27-point increase compared to September. The reading easily eclipsed the previous record high set back in February, before the pandemic’s onset.

Ag Barometer Rises as Crop Prices Rally and USDA Announces CFAP 2

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020


U.S. agricultural producers became more optimistic again in September as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer climbed to 156, the highest reading for the index since the pandemic began last winter and 12 points higher than one-month earlier.

Farmer Sentiment Rebounds as Commodity Prices Rally and Agriculture Trade Prospects Improve

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020


Farmer sentiment improved markedly in August as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose to a reading of 144, 26 points higher than a month earlier. The barometer and its two sub-indices all posted their most positive readings since February 2020 when record highs were established and before the pandemic began.

Ag Economy Barometer Stable, But Farmers Less Optimistic About Future

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020


Farmer sentiment in July was virtually unchanged from a month earlier as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose just one point to a reading of 118. The small change in the barometer left it 30 percent below its February 2020 peak and 23 percent below its level a year ago. 

Farmer Sentiment Rebounds Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020


Farmer sentiment improved again in June as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 14 points to a reading of 117. The rise was fueled by improvements in both the Index of Current Conditions which rose 19% higher than a month earlier, and the Index of Future Expectations which climbed 12% higher than in […]


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