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Trends in the Ag Economy Barometer: Optimism Up but Concerns Remain High

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Despite current cost-price squeeze, Purdue Ag Economy Barometer reflects optimism about future.

The Ag Economy Barometer, a recent survey conducted by Purdue University, has revealed some interesting trends in the agricultural industry. While the overall index seems to be in a holding pattern, there are significant differences between future expectations and current conditions.

According to James Mintert, Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue, the slight increase in the barometer was driven by increased optimism about the future. The Index of Future Expectations saw a 5-point rise from February, indicating that farmers are becoming more hopeful about their prospects. However, this increase was not enough to offset the 2-point decline in the Index of Current Conditions from the previous month and the 25-point drop from the same time last year.

Mintert noted that high input costs remain a major concern for farmers. Breakeven projections are slightly lower than last year due to higher interest rates and already purchased inputs. There are still concerns about potential fluctuations in fuel and labor costs as well. Michael Langemeier, Associate Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue, added that these concerns make it difficult for farmers to plan ahead and invest in their businesses.

The survey also asked farmers about their opinions on making large investments and their reasons behind their decisions. The number of farmers expressing poor prospects for farm profitability has risen from 7% last fall to 22% this month. Katie Dehlinger, who conducted the survey at Purdue University, sees this as a sign of increased worries about a cost-price squeeze and uncertainty regarding farm profitability.

For more detailed information about the Ag Economy Barometer and charts on responses to various questions, visit .

By Samantha Nguyen

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