Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Member in the News: Allen Featherstone

Member in the News

Kansas State University

By Wire reports - December 4, 2016
K-State to help farmers weather ag economy downturn
WICHITA — Kansas farmers who are facing some hard decisions due to another down year for farm income and a pessimistic outlook for 2017 are getting help from agricultural experts at Kansas State University. The school will hold a series of eight workshops across the state starting next week called the ‘Top 10 Considerations to Navigate a Struggling Farm Economy’ as a way to help producers handle the downturn. Farm operating loans for the past growing season typically come due Jan. 1, and agricultural experts say many growers can’t make the payments.

‘In some respects, the goal of this conference is to help producers avoid bankruptcy, to make adjustments in their operations while they still can,’ Kansas State Department of Agriculture Economics head Allen Featherstone said.

The university also expanded its farm analyst program to provide one-on-one assistance to farmers dealing with financial challenges.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Webinar: Rural America at a Glance


In this webinar, ERS Economist Lorin Kusmin will discuss the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including trends in employment, earnings, population, poverty and income, as well as patterns of employment and earnings by industry.  The Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, releases the Rural America at a Glance report annually, which summarizes the status of conditions and trends in rural areas.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016
01:00 PM EST 
Lorin Kusmin 

https://cc.readytalk.com/r/shr3vf4nonig&eom 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Webinar: Farm Income and Financial Forecasts, November 2016 Update

Meeting Description:

The Economic Research Service (ERS) releases farm income statement and balance sheet estimates and forecasts three times a year, including February, August and November. These core statistical indicators provide guidance to policy makers, lenders, commodity organizations, farmers, and others interested in the financial status of the farm economy. ERS's farm income statistics also inform the computation of agriculture's contribution to the gross domestic product of the U.S. economy. During this webinar, economist Jim Williamson will provide the November forecast for 2016.


https://cc.readytalk.com/r/fz205ycijkus&eom 

Streaming audio available through your computer.

Date:
Wed, Nov 30, 2016
Time:
01:00 PM EST