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ISSUE DATE: 08/20/2012

Ag lending booms, but will a bust follow?

By Larry Dreiling

Strong capital spending and investments boosted farm lending at commercial banks in the first half of 2012.

During the first quarter, commercial banks reported a 1.4 percent increase in total agricultural loan volume, led by stronger gains in non-real estate farm loans, according to a recent national survey of agricultural loans conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

The survey points to additional gains in the second quarter as the volume of non-real estate farm loans issued during the first full week of May were almost 3 percent higher than year-ago levels.

Farmers continued to invest heavily in farm machinery, equipment and structures such as grain bins, machine sheds and land improvements. Bankers expected farm capital spending to remain strong over the next few months. In contrast, farm operating loan demand remained sluggish as farmers paid off operating debts and used cash to prepay input costs.


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Ag lending booms, but will a bust follow?
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USDA announces additional drought assistance
USDA announces assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers
USDA unveils tactics to counter SNAP fraud

CROPS

AgriLife Extension to host field days
Control weeds in wheat stubble before they set seed
Corn harvest reports a mixed bag
Cotton industry seeks volunteer leaders
Denali is a new variety choice for wheat farmers this fall
East Kansas Agri-Energy to halt production
Effects of drought on farm ponds can be positive or negative
Extension offers QuickBooks course
Field day planned for Aug. 23 in Garden City
Gov. Brownback launches drought resource website
Grain prices on the rise
Hoffman Harvesting's combines rocking in Rock Lake
Kansas Applicator Institute set for Aug. 8 and 9
Kansas Conservation Partnership to celebrate USDA anniversary
Miseners return to finish harvest in Gregory
NCC hosts Producer Information Exchange program
Nebraska NRCS provides drought assistance
NMSU Leyendecker field day to celebrate state centennial, university's contributions
NMSU, NMDA to host organic farm walk series
Osowski crew sees yields in the 80s
Report shows dwindling crop conditions
Summer weather keeps cotton growers busy
Take steps to prevent silage-shrink losses
Texas cotton production expected to double
U.S. and South American farmers unite to support biotech crops
U.S. soybean farmers celebrate partnership with China
UNL Field Day set for Aug. 22
Young Farmers Idea Contest winners named

LIVESTOCK

Anthrax case being investigated in Colorado
Anthrax case confirmed in sheep in Texas
Beef Cattle Institute, Kansas Beef Council to host free training sessions
Cow Pie Bingo raises $7,330 for Jersey Youth Academy
Dairy herds continue to weather drought
Drought drives cattle inventory down, but demand remains high
Hill City to host Beef Quality Assurance training
Iowa Cattlemen's Association to hold 4 regional meetings
Iowa Pork Industry Center to offer PQA Plus Advisor recertification session
Jim Shoemake elected AHC chairman
Junior Hereford Herdsman of the Year selected
Love to be inducted into Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Lung adhesions in cattle rob profit
Managing alternative feeds, culling key to cutting costs during drought
National Junior Limousin Show and Congress held
NDA issues updated order for livestock entering Nebraska
North American Meat Association created
Nutrition consultant to be honored at Feeding Quality Forums
OCM president responds to industry reaction over beef checkoff lawsuit
Producers give Las Vegas Strip steak high marks in survey
Turn N' Burn for the Cure barrel race set for September
UW bulletin highlights cattle, sheep, crop, weed research

EDITOR

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Planning through the drought in Colorado
Use biodiesel and improve air quality on your farm
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COLUMNS

Battleground Iowa
Dungeons and gym classes
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Wheel dolly useful for ag and large machinery tire changes
Where's the bread?

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Cooler temps offer a reprieve from heat
Cooler temps with widespread rainfall
Corn harvest underway
Crop conditions continue to decline
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought conditions continue
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Harvest continues
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Hot days continue
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lack of precip, high temps continue to take toll
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay classes selling steady
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Outside markets pressure grain, soybean bids
Pasture, range conditions continue to deteriorate
Portions of Texas receive rain
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Small grain harvest nearly complete
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm temps, scarce rainfall continue
Weather conditions improve slightly
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Grazing Lands Conference planned
Plant Materials Center to hold field day
Scout to protect pastures from armyworms

FAMILY

A low intensity, no-feed approach to water garden management
A new take on picnic favorites
Art unwraps hidden gems
Helpful household tips
Insect tips for the garden
Large wasps creating a buzz
Meditation
Mowing adds to lawns' hot-weather stress
New tool helps consumers make personalized eating plans
Spacious Aldine has many features
'Walk-n-Talk' will feature perennial, nurse crop research
When the corn is high

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