Stories in Category "Economy"

Big decline forecast in 2015 net farm income

Big decline forecast in 2015 net farm income

Farmers will make some money this year, just less of it according to USDA’s projections. A glut of grain, milk and hogs is driving the drop as a reduction....
Iran Nuclear Deal Could Pinch Central Valley Commodities

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Pinch Central Valley Commodities

As California’s chronic dry spell bears down for a fourth consecutive year, parched streams and reservoirs like Lake Isabella, the victim of ‘exceptional’....
Rural mainstreet index rallies, U.S. economy outlook jumps

Rural mainstreet index rallies, U.S. economy outlook jumps

The Midwest economy may be on the upswing. That’s according to a survey of nonurban bankers released this week from Creighton University.
High Feed Costs Slow Recovery for PED

High Feed Costs Slow Recovery for PED

A battered hog industry still recovering from a devastating virus may have troubles ahead thanks to Mother Nature
U.S. to import liquid eggs from Netherlands as losses top 47 million birds

U.S. to import liquid eggs from Netherlands as losses top 47 million birds

The number of birds impacted by Avian Flu topped 47 million this week, even as the temperature warmed up, slowing the spread of the virus. Nearly three-qu....
Bird Flu Costs Reach $1 Billion

Bird Flu Costs Reach $1 Billion

Iowa, the nation’s top egg producer, and Minnesota, which leads the country in turkey production, are taking the hardest hit for H5N2, also known as avian....
How Some Oil Towns are Weathering Low Oil Prices

How Some Oil Towns are Weathering Low Oil Prices

Boom and bust cycles are anything but new in some parts of Texas and Oklahoma. And the oil industry--as well as local residents who depend on it--have dev....
Avian flu outbreaks tops 7 million birds impacted in U.S.

Avian flu outbreaks tops 7 million birds impacted in U.S.

The H5N2 virus, often referred to as Avian Flu, was confirmed this week in an egg-production poultry facility in northwest Iowa. Sunrise Farms is owned by....
Rural Economy Continues to Underperform

Rural Economy Continues to Underperform

Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index climbed a-point-and-a-half to 46 this month, but remains four points below growth neutral. The monthly surve....
Farm Income Projected to Tumble Again in 2015

Farm Income Projected to Tumble Again in 2015

USDA released net farm income projections for 2015. And the prediction is a dramatic drop for America’s producers.