July 7, 2020
Farmer Sentiment Rebounds Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns
Farmer sentiment improved for the second month in a row, rebounding from sharp declines that took place in both March and April. In this episode of Purdue Commercial AgCast, Purdue ag economists James Mintert reviews the results from the June 2020 Ag Economy Barometer, a nationwide monthly survey of 400 ag producers. The improvement in farmer sentiment left the Ag Economy Barometer 7 percent below one year earlier, while the Index of Future Expectations was still 10 percent below its June 2019 level. The Index of Current Conditions, however, was two percent higher than in June 2019, likely reflecting considerably improved spring planting conditions throughout much of the nation, in addition to support from USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The full report is available at https://purdue.ag/agbarometer.