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Source: Agri Marketing magazine

In 2016 Agri Marketing's Ag Stock Index finished the year up 17%. That compares to the Dow Jones Industrial Index up 13%, S&P 500 up 11% and NASDAQ up 10%.

The Agri Marketing Ag Stock Index is composed of a portfolio of 40 publicly traded companies with significant agricultural interests.

Since its inception on January 1, 2006, the Agri Marketing Ag Stock Index has gained 110%. That compares to the Dow's gain of 80%, the S&P 500's gain of 44% and NASDAQ's gain of 114%.

Nearly two-thirds of the companies' stock value closed the year higher while one-third closed lower.

The Agri Marketing Stock Index's five largest gainers in 2016 were:

1. Farmer Mac (ag credit)...+85%

2. Alamo Group (farm machinery)...+47%

3. FMC (crop protection)...+46%

4. Trimble (precision farming)...+41%

5. Deere (farm machinery)...+38%

The companies whose stock prices lost value in 2016 were:

1. Intrepid Potash (fertilizer)...-29%

2. CF Industries (fertilizer)...-20%

3. Bayer (crop protection, seed, animal health)..-14%

4. Tractor Supply (retail)...-10%

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