Prolonged need for lending pressuring farm finances

Reduced cash flow leading to extended maturities for crop and livestock farmers.

The need for farm lending remained high in the second quarter of 2016, driven by ongoing demand for operating loans, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

“The prolonged environment of robust lending activity, amid persistently weak profits in the farm sector, has led to slight reductions in the performance of agricultural loans at commercial banks,” noted Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president and Omaha Branch executive, and Matt Clark, assist

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