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Current Ag Economy Barometer report released: February 6, 2024

Upcoming release: March 5, 2024

About the Ag Economy Barometer

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer is a nationwide measure of the health of the U.S. agricultural economy. On the first Tuesday of each month, the Ag Economy Barometer provides a sense of the agricultural economy’s health with an index value. The index is based on a survey of 400 agricultural producers on economic sentiment each month. Quarterly, the index is accompanied by an in-depth survey of 100 agriculture and agribusiness thought leaders.

As CME Group’s roots are in agriculture, and Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture has a long history of producing cutting-edge agricultural research, this partnership is designed to create a new and important tool for producers, economists, traders, finance industry professionals and journalists who are interested in understanding the agriculture industry and the broader global economy.

Find the Ag Economy Barometer on the Bloomberg Terminal: AGECBARO, AGECCURC and AGECFTEX.

Improved Producer Optimism in October

November 7, 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 last February, fluctuating between a low of 124 and a peak of 139. The modest improvement in the barometer during October was the result of producers’ improved expectations regarding the future as the Index of Future Expectations increased to 137 from a reading of 130…

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Future Expectations Turn Lower

October 3, 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 ranged between 130 and 139 over the last six months and remains well below its peak level of 153 established in January 2017 (Figure 1).     Although the Ag Economy Barometer was unchanged in September, the barometer’s two sub-indices, the Index of Current Conditions…

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Producer Sentiment Drifts Lower in August as Commodity Prices Weaken

September 5, 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 from across the U.S., dropped back near to the level observed from April through June of this year. Since peaking in January at a reading of 153, monthly barometer readings have ranged from a low of 124 in March to 139 in July.   The…

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