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Monday, March 12, 2018

MN Farmland Prices May be Stabilizing - KDUZ

MN Farmland Prices May be Stabilizing - KDUZ: Prices for Minnesota farmland may be stabilizing after a decline in 2017. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis reported last week that agriculture in Minnesota remains weak but stable.

Lower land values are helpful to those looking to purchase or rent land, especially younger farmers. But the prices mean trouble for those who bought in at the high end in 2012, making it more difficult to obtain operating loans.

Note to USDA: The time for regenerative agriculture is now

Note to USDA: The time for regenerative agriculture is now: It was Kansas farmer Gail Fuller who “took me to school.”

“You should be ashamed,” he told me bluntly.

As an employee (at the time) of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, I had assumed our 80-plus years of conservation work would insulate us (and me) from such a scathing rebuke. I assumed we were the ultimate “good guys” when it came to soil stewardship.