Marketplace: Farmers Have Been Relying on the High Value of Their Land to Get Them Through Years of Low Commodity Prices

News / In The News May 18, 2018

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Land accounts for 80 percent of farm assets, according to the Agriculture Department. As a result, farmers are using their land as collateral against loans when facing low commodity prices, but the amount of production that farmers need to service their debt is rising, noted a Marketplace radio story. John Newton, AFBF’s director of market intelligence, commented on how farmers may be affected if poor commodity prices continue. “You can easily start putting together a scenario where things start falling apart pretty quickly,” Newton told Marketplace.

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