Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income

first_img Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income By Gary Truitt – Jan 24, 2016 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Midwest Economy Slowing on Lower Farm Income The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index for January fell from December’s weak reading, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and energy. Overall The Rural Mainstreet Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, sank to 34.8 from December’s 41.5.   Index coordinator Ernie Goss said recent declines are the result of lower agriculture and energy commodity prices, adding “, prices for farm products have fallen by approximately 15 percent, and for fuels by roughly 20 percent.”The index found sinking prices for grain and fuel have had moderate impacts on the region’s ethanol industry. The farmland and ranchland-price index for January sank to 23.9 from December’s 28.8. The January farm equipment-sales index plummeted to a record low 7.0 from December’s record low 8.8. Previous articleTwenty Years of Roundup Ready, What Has It Meant?Next article2015 Was a Good Year to Learn What Worked and What Didn’t Gary Truittlast_img read more