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REPORT TO THE FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION ON AG SECTOR'S ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Source: Farm Credit Administration Board

The Farm Credit Administration Board received a quarterly report on significant economic conditions affecting agriculture, as well as an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System.

According to the report, the farm economy remains healthy, but certain sectors will be challenged.

While the profitability outlook is strong for the livestock and dairy sectors, crop producers face tighter margins. Farmland values, particularly in the Midwest, are being pressured by lower crop prices.

Drought conditions in California and the Southwest continue to be a concern.

The FCS remains financially sound and is well-positioned for the challenges facing agriculture. For the first quarter of 2014, the System reported solid earnings and higher capital levels. Credit measures were stable, and the System's loan portfolio quality continues to be strong.


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