Farming As Life Vs Business

The business principles all farmers need to know Up before dawn tending to animals, out past dark working in the field: as anyone who farms knows, farming isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life. While the majority of the population no longer farms or lives in rural areas, for those still farming, the…

Purdue, CME Group Ag Barometer Hits 16-Month High

For the first time since January 2017, the Purdue University CME Group Ag Economy Barometer has reached its highest point. The May reading of 141 is 16 points higher than the April reading of 125. It’s the first time the barometer has crossed the 140 threshold since Nov. 2016. Much of the boost in sentiment…

Producer Sentiment Plummets on Price Weakness and Trade War Concerns

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 by…

Preparing for the future ag workforce

Preparing yourself for future agricultural jobs Even as robots pick strawberries and drones spray pesticides, the demand for agricultural employees continues to grow. Experts predict that in the near future, two jobs will be open for every agricultural job seeker, including field and skilled labor. By equipping yourself with the in-demand skills in agriculture, you…

Despite Commodity Price Decline, Ag Producer Sentiment Goes Up

Producer sentiment inches up despite commodity price decline and continued trade war concerns Writer: Kami Goodwin, 765-494-6999, kami@purdue.edu Agricultural producer sentiment rose slightly in June according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The increase was unexpected given unresolved trade war concerns and sharp price declines for key commodities, including corn, wheat and, especially, soybeans during the…

AgCompass Celebrates 15 Years Serving the Ag Community

Helping Diversified Farms and Accounting Firms with Simple, Secure Software Hosting Starting out as a way for founder Ev Chambers to save 20,000 miles a year driving to consult with his clients in Wisconsin and Minnesota, software hosting company AgCompas has grown to serving farms and accounting firms in 16 states and one Canadian province….

Ag Barometer Hits 16 Month High

Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Shows Significant Rise in Producer Sentiment Agricultural producer sentiment rose last month to its highest level since January 2017, as producers expressed an improved view of current conditions and future expectations of the U.S. agricultural economy, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The May barometer reading of 141 was…

A flexible, secure IT solution for your business

An introduction to terminal servers For modern agricultural businesses, the equipment in your office is just as important as the equipment in your barn or machine shed. We know that you need an IT solution that’s flexible, simple and reliable. That’s why we’re proud to have been helping agricultural businesses implement terminal server solutions for…

Barometer Declines for Second Month in a Row

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 agricultural producers from across the U.S., was…

The Agricultural Innovations To Watch In 2018

While agriculture is one of the oldest technologies known to man, that hasn’t stopped farm technology from changing every year. From robots to Big Data computer models, new innovations are coming out all the time. As farmers ourselves, we enjoy seeing the latest innovations in agriculture that make life easier, crops healthier, or are just…