Latest News From Mike Walsten

Illinois Farmland Prices Soar

Results of Mid-Year Snapshot Survey by Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Gains in Farmland Values Slow

Kansas City and Chicago Federal Reserve Banks report farmland values rose in the second quarter but at only a moderate pace.

USDA: Cropland Values Surge 14.3%

USDA's annual survey finds strong gains in cropland, pasture and farm real estate values.

Banker Index Turns Negative

Bankers worry rising input costs may combine with declining commodity prices to strain rural America.

North Dakota OKs Bill Gate’s Farmland Purchase

State attorney general clears purchase.

More than 90% of Rural Bankers Expect Recession

Monthly survey finds negative impact from raging input costs, high expectations of recession.

Farmers National Reports Sharp Gains in Land Values

Area reports show strong gains in farmland values over FNC service are

Rural Bankers Note Surge in Loan Volume, Slowing Economy

The Rural Mainstreet Index finds loan volumes up on increased input costs.