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Ag Producer Sentiment Turns Higher; Many Expect Lower Taxes

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier   After trending lower in late 2017, the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in January. The monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the U.S. indicated that the measure of producer sentiment climbed to 135 points at the beginning of 2018, up 9 points from […]

Increasing Pessimism about the Future Drives Producer Sentiment Lower

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier   The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower to a reading of 126 in December, the second month in a row that the barometer has declined. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on monthly survey responses provided by 400 agricultural producers from across the U.S. December’s barometer […]

Post-Harvest Slump in Ag Producer Sentiment

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier   The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped 7 points in November, signaling a slump in U.S. agricultural producers’ confidence compared to a month earlier. At a reading of 128, the measure of producer optimism in November was the second weakest observed during 2017 and stood just 4 […]

Improved Producer Optimism in October

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier   The latest measure of agricultural producer sentiment improved slightly during October to 135, its third-highest level since data collection began two years ago (Figure 1). Although stronger than a month earlier, the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer remained within the trading range it has been in since […]

Future Expectations Turn Lower

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier   The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer September reading of 132 was unchanged compared to August. The monthly measure of agricultural producer sentiment – which is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, beef cattle, dairy cattle, and hogs – has […]

Producer Sentiment Drifts Lower in August as Commodity Prices Weaken

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer drifted lower in August to 132 points, down seven points from a month earlier, but still markedly stronger than a year ago when the index was just 95. The barometer, a sentiment index based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers […]

Strengthening Commodity Price Expectations Send Farmer Sentiment Higher in July

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017


The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation. The index of agricultural producer sentiment, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country, reached 139 in July – its highest level since January 2017 and its second-highest level since data collection began […]

Ag Producers’ Financial Situation Stronger Compared to 2016

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017


James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier The Purdue/CME Group’s June survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers indicates producers feel their farm operations’ financial positions are stronger now than a year ago (Figure 1). This shift in producers’ perspective is one reason why the Ag Economy Barometer’s June reading of 131 was virtually unchanged from […]

Producer Sentiment Holds Steady; Producers Voice Support for Renegotiating NAFTA

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


Jim Mintert, David Widmar, Michael Langemeier Agricultural producers’ sentiment was unchanged in May from a month earlier. The latest reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer – which is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country – was 130 (Figure 1). The producer sentiment index has hovered near […]

Ag Producer Sentiment Inches Higher in April

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017


By Jim Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier Producer sentiment inched higher during April as the Ag Economy Barometer increased to 130. The latest result for the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, was slightly higher than March’s 124 reading, but still well below […]


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