September 29, 2023


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Optimism improves in June Ag Financial system Barometer

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The Purdue College/CME Group Ag Financial system Barometer index improved in June, rising 17 factors to a studying of 121. The upswing in sentiment was pushed by producers’ extra optimistic view of the longer term; nonetheless, their notion of present situations remained unchanged from Might. The Index of Future Expectations rose 25 factors to a studying of 123, whereas the Index of Present Situations held flat at a studying of 116 in June. The Ag Financial system Barometer is calculated every month from 400 U.S. agricultural producers’ responses to a phone survey. This month’s survey was carried out June 12-16.

“Optimism about U.S. agriculture’s future and a extra sanguine rate of interest outlook assist clarify producers’ extra optimistic view of the longer term expressed in June’s survey; nonetheless present situations within the farming financial system proceed to current a problem for some producers,” mentioned James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue College’s Heart for Business Agriculture. “This month 4 out of 10 producers said that their monetary scenario has deteriorated in comparison with a yr in the past.”

To higher perceive the massive month-to-month swing in producers’ expectations for the longer term, responses between the Might and June surveys had been in contrast. In June, 20% of respondents mentioned they anticipated their monetary situation to enhance over the following yr, in comparison with simply 13% who mentioned that in Might. In the meantime, solely 32% anticipate their farm’s monetary scenario to say no over the upcoming yr, in comparison with 44% who responded that means in Might. Producers’ improved perspective on the longer term was not centered solely on their very own farms however prolonged to all of U.S. agriculture. The proportion of producers anticipating good occasions for U.S. agriculture within the subsequent 5 years rose 8 factors to 33%, whereas the share of producers anticipating dangerous occasions fell 3 factors to 41%.

The Farm Monetary Efficiency Index additionally rose this month, up 10 factors from Might, and was possible a results of a late-Might to early-June rally in harvest-time costs for corn and soybeans, in addition to optimism towards optimistic returns for cattle producers. In June, 50% of respondents mentioned they anticipate “good occasions” for livestock producers within the subsequent 5 years, up from 37% in Might. Optimism about optimistic returns for cattle producers, particularly cow-calf operations, was possible a key issue behind the optimistic livestock outlook.

The Farm Capital Funding Index rose 5 factors in June to a studying of 42; nonetheless, almost 75% of respondents nonetheless really feel now could be a nasty time to make giant investments of their farming operation. Respondents in June cited rising rates of interest (35% of respondents) and rising costs for tools and new development (37% of respondents) as key causes for viewing now as a nasty time for investments.

Producers had been extra optimistic about farmland values in June as each the brief and long-run farmland worth indices rose. The short-term index, which asks producers about their outlook over the following 12 months, jumped 16 factors to a studying of 126, its highest studying since final November. In the meantime, the long-term index, which asks producers to look forward 5 years, rose a extra modest 6 factors to a studying of 151, pushing that index as much as its highest stage since February 2022. Moreover, 43% of producers within the June survey assume rates of interest have peaked, and almost 1 / 4 of survey respondents anticipate to see decrease rates of interest throughout the subsequent yr.

This month’s survey additionally included a query focused towards corn and soybean producers concerning their expectations for farmland money rental charges in 2024. Twenty-five % of the corn/soybean producers on this month’s survey mentioned they anticipate 2024 money rental charges of their space to rise above 2023’s charges. Of these respondents who mentioned they anticipate rental charges to rise, almost one-third (32%) mentioned they anticipate 2024 rental charges to extend as much as 5%, whereas almost half (49%) search for charges to rise from 5% to 10%, when in comparison with 2023.

This month’s survey included inquiries to study extra about producers’ ideas on the passage of a brand new farm invoice. Amongst corn and soybean producers, the Crop Insurance coverage title and the Commodity title stay the 2 most vital farm invoice elements. When requested about expectations for PLC reference costs for corn and soybeans, half of corn and soybean producers mentioned they anticipate Congress to boost costs for each.

In response to the latest Supreme Courtroom ruling, which upheld California’s Proposition 12 mandating housing requirements for hogs processed into pork that can be offered in that state, all survey respondents had been requested in regards to the probability Congress would overturn the proposition as a part of a brand new farm invoice. Producers had been break up of their response to this query, with 36% stating it’s both considerably or most unlikely that Congress will attempt to overturn the proposition, and 25% stating it’s no less than considerably possible Congress will tackle Proposition 12 in new farm invoice laws.

The complete Ag Financial system Barometer report could be discovered here.  


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