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USDA Payments Provide Boost to Farmer Sentiment in January

February 5, 2019

Farmer optimism improved for January as USDA makes payments. Jim Mintert shares more on the January Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Weakened in December

January 8, 2019

Ag producer sentiment towards the ag economy declined moderately for December as concern over trade disputes and future profitability persisted. Jim Mintert breaks down the December Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Holds Steady in November But Farmers Express Concern About Lack of a New Farm Bill

December 4, 2018

Farmer sentiment towards the ag economy holds steady for November but there is still concern over interest rates, the farm bill, and future profitability. Jim Mintert breaks down the November Ag Economy Barometer results at purdue.ag/barometervideo.

Ag Barometer Rebounds in October

November 6, 2018

James Mintert and Michael Langemeier The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rebounded in October to a reading of 136—a 22-point increase in the index compared to September—leaving the barometer nearly equal to its level one year ago. This month’s recovery in the barometer was underpinned by improved perceptions of both current conditions and future…

Ag Barometer Drops Sharply on Concerns About Weak Farm Income

October 2, 2018

James Mintert and Michael Langemeier   The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to a reading of 114 in September, fifteen points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016. September marked the second large decline in the barometer this summer, as it also declined precipitously in July. The…

Ag Producers’ Sentiment Rebounds in August

September 4, 2018

James Mintert & Michael Langemeier   The Ag Economy Barometer rebounded in August to a reading of 129 after falling to 117 in July. Although the producer sentiment index increased by 12 points in August, producer sentiment remains well below its late spring readings of 141 in May and 143 in June. The shift in…

Producer Sentiment Plummets on Price Weakness and Trade War Concerns

August 7, 2018

James Mintert & Michael Langemeier   Ag producer sentiment fell sharply during July as the impact of commodity price declines and concerns about ag trade prospects weighed on producers’ perceptions of both current and future conditions in the agricultural economy. The Ag Economy Barometer declined 26 points to a reading of 117 in July, driven…

Producer sentiment inches up despite commodity price decline and continued trade war concerns

July 3, 2018

James Mintert & Michael Langemeier   Ag producer sentiment improved slightly during June as the Ag Economy Barometer index rose to a reading of 143 compared to 141 a month earlier. The modest rise in the Ag Economy Barometer, which is based on a nationwide survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers each month, was underpinned…

More Optimistic View of Future Pushes Ag Producer Sentiment Higher

June 5, 2018

James Mintert & Michael Langemeier   The May reading of the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer was 141, 16 points higher than in April 2018 and the highest barometer value since January 2017 (Figure 1). The rise in the barometer, a sentiment index derived from a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers across the…

Barometer Declines for Second Month in a Row

May 1, 2018

James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to 125 in April, which was 10 points lower than a month earlier and 15 points below its February reading (Figure 1). The sharp drop in the ag producer sentiment index, which is based upon a monthly a survey of 400…